BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A Sunday afternoon spent watching the NFC Championship game took a turn for the worse when 12-year-old Patton Tillman got into an ATV accident. The exact details that led to the accident are unknown, but the accident ended with the side-by-side on top of the Woolmarket boy.
“It landed across his jaw, his eyes and his neck is where the actual side-by-side landed so, you can imagine an actual side-by-side full size landing on you and rolling over and landing on top of you so know it was...quite a blow," said Lucas Tillman, Patton’s grandfather.
Patton was transported to USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Mobile where doctors determined he suffered multiple bone fractures to his face and a collapsed lung, among other injuries.
“The surgeons have already looked at it and they say the swelling has already gone down, the air has gone down away from his brain," said Patton’s grandfather. “There is some stuff that we are still concerned about and watching but you know leaps and bounds and they said it’s just phenomenal how much improvement that he’s made in this short a period so we’re believing for a full recovery on everything.”
Lucas credits the family’s faith for Patton’s recovery so far. “Even the doctors over there in Mobile said we heard you praying and all of this stuff and now your God is just showing out."
The community has gathered around the family since the accident, including a close friend of Patton’s father.
“We’ve ordered wrist bands that say ‘Prayers for Patton’ and they are his favorite color; they are green," said Micah Sanders. “And we will be selling those for $5 a piece to go towards Patton and his medical bills."
Micah is also heading up a fundraiser at the Blow Fly Inn on January 31 from 5:30-8 p.m. A portion of proceeds from the restaurant will go to the Tillman family to help with medical costs. If you would like to buy a ‘Prayers for Patton’ bracelet you can contact Micah at 228-236-7121. A GoFundMe has also been set up by a family friend.