Barry Nealy, director of missions for Three Forks Baptist Association, is in the Intensive Care Unit at Johnson City Medical Center in Tennessee.
Nealy was riding his motorcycle March 22 when he was involved in an accident. He suffered from broken vertebrae in his neck, a collapsed lung and broken pelvis. Doctors performed emergency surgery upon his arrival at the hospital.
“I really feel the strength of your prayers, so please do not stop,” said Nealy’s wife, Donna, in an update March 26.
Nealy is on a respirator and is expected to be in ICU the remainder of the week.
“Still sedated and resting but in moments of lucidity, it is clear his sense of humor was not damaged in the accident,” wrote Nealy’s daughter, Joelle, in an update March 27 on the association’s website.
Media reports indicate that Nealy’s motorcycle crashed into a sedan on U.S. 321 near the Bethel Road intersection. The Watauga Democrat reported that Trooper David Searcy of the N.C. Highway Patrol said Nealy’s motorcycle crossed the center line into the path of a Ford sedan that was traveling at about 50 mph.
The report said the driver of the car, Christian Haithcock of Elk Park, suffered pain to his wrist and neck but was not transported to the hospital.
Check for updates on the association’s website: 3forksassoc.org.