GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - It was an outpouring of support for a young Gulfport man still fighting for his life after a horrible accident. Loved ones of John Harrison Doucet gathered at Jones Park Monday to pray for his recovery.
"I couldn't believe it. I told my husband maybe we would wake up tomorrow and it will not have happened," said Sandra Boddie, who is a close family friend.
Sadly, that wasn't the reality. As word spread throughout Gulfport Monday that John Harrison Doucet,20, was fighting for his life, family friends quickly organized a prayer vigil.
"We believe that through the strength of community and our prayers, it's not about changing God's mind, but giving the courage and the energy and leaning into God," said one woman.
Family friends say Doucet suffered severe burns from electric shock Sunday night. Gulfport Fire Chief Michael Beyerstedt said he backed a boat up too closely to live wires at the Gulfport Yacht Club where he was a member.
"Boating is his life. He loves the water. He was always at the yacht club working on boats, and everybody just loves him as you can see with all the support that he's having here today," said Boddie.
Doucet was first taken to Memorial Hospital, but had to be life flighted to a hospital in Jackson.
"Right now they need prayers, of course. Just pray, pray, pray. And we have a GoFundMe page on Facebook," said Boddie.
The original goal for that GoFundMe page was set at $20,000. Having reached that goal within a couple hours, it's now set at $100,000, and the donations keep pouring in.
"If Johnny's listening or if he ever will listen to this. just say that we all got your back and your family's back and we're always here," said Michael Smith who is a family friend.
According to the GoFundMe page, Doucet had both legs amputated in Jackson Sunday night. He is expected to be transferred to a hospital in Georgia as soon as possible to receive burn care.