Accident Victim's Friends Ask For Help

A Gulfport teen remains in critical condition tonight in a Jackson hospital. Kevin Gates, 19, was the only survivor in a wreck that left three others dead.

The accident happened Monday night outside Brandon where Gates had evacuated because of the storm.

His Gulfport High classmates were hoping he'd come home to graduate with them. Now they're praying for his recovery.

Close friends of Kevin Gates gathered outside of Gulfport high school, reminiscing about his playful charm.

Friends say Kevin's family has told them he's had multiple surgeries and might not be able to make the graduation walk with them.

"If he has to get in that wheelchair and I have to roll him across, I will," said Courtney Thibodaux.

Just six months ago friend, Heather Flagg nearly lost her life in another car accident.

"I was put in the hospital. My foot was detached from my leg. And my head was cut open 7 inches. My head went through the sun roof," said Flagg.

She remembers the support she received from Kevin.

"He was there for me the whole time I was in the hospital and now I want to be there for him," said Flagg.

Saturday Heather and a few of Kevin's other friends will drive to Jackson to visit him in the hospital. They'll bring with them a giant get well card signed by former classmates.

"We did not know exactly at the time what his situation was whether or not he was going to be alive. But we decided we were going to give it a chance, pray for him give him a card to show that everybody cares for him," said Thibodaux.

"We have lost so many kids on the coast over the last month," said Wendy Clark.

Clark's two children attend Gulfport High and is lending her help anyway she can.

"This is our chance to help one of these kids who is fighting for his life come out of this and start his life correctly, instead of nothing due to medical expenses. Anybody that can donate a hospital bed or a wheel chair or a van we need that right now this family can not do it on their own," said Clark.

Two weeks ago Kevin's mother Nancy was told she has brain cancer.

The students collected 70 dollars in that get well card.

But Kevin Gates is in need of a lot more.

If you would like to contribute to the Kevin Gates Special Fund Account simply visit a local Regions Bank.