Burn victim transfers hospitals

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A Hephzibah man burned while trying to restore his disconnected electrical service Dec. 7 was transferred to Doctors Hospital in Augusta, where he remained in critical condition today.

Berry M. "Monty" Arrington was initially taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital after he came in contact with a 7,200-volt electrical line while trying to reconnect power to his residence at 2019 Liberty Church Road. His utility company, Jefferson Energy Cooperative, had disconnected the service earlier in the day.

In addition to a broken back, he sustained severe burns to both arms and is being treated by burn specialists.

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reesiecup
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reesiecup 12/18/09 - 04:57 pm
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Wishing him all the best and

Wishing him all the best and a speedy recovery!

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 12/18/09 - 05:54 pm
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I also hope he recovers but

I also hope he recovers but he did a stupid thing trying to steal power from the coop.

sueboo418
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sueboo418 12/18/09 - 06:31 pm
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I have the highest regard AND

I have the highest regard AND fear of electricty and gas. I don't mess withe them! I hope he makes it.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 12/18/09 - 07:32 pm
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God bless and give his family

God bless and give his family and him the strength to get through this. The lady that paid his power bill is an angel.

cajunnana2000
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cajunnana2000 12/18/09 - 07:59 pm
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Why so long to transfer him

Why so long to transfer him to the burn center?

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pommom38 12/18/09 - 08:27 pm
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No insurance maybe? Who

No insurance maybe? Who knows..
Yes, good for the woman who took pity and paid his bill. Maybe she'll take pity on the other thousands with no job and sob stories, pay there's too..
I feel for the family. $90 is turning into thousands in debt for them to deal with now.
This could have been prevented and should never have happened. Peace to the guy's family.

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Just My Opinion 12/18/09 - 08:37 pm
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Yes, he made a HUGE, HUGE

Yes, he made a HUGE, HUGE mistake that he will never recover from! Don't know if he will lose his life, but he is pretty much assured to lose something. You don't mess with that much power and retain all your limbs that were affected. Feel very sorry for him and his family. I think it was more ignorance than stupidity. Very sad.

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corgimom 12/18/09 - 08:39 pm
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Cajun, his spine had to be

Cajun, his spine had to be stabilized before anything else could be done. There's no point in treating someone for burns with a untreated broken back, they'd die from that sooner.

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