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|McRaney injured in accident|
Former South Natchez High football and baseball standout Will McRaney, director of the Evangelism Strategy Department of the Florida Baptist Convention, is continuing recovery in an Orlando hospital where he was airlifted following a head-on collision late Aug. 21.
According to Florida Baptist Convention spokesperson Don Hepburn, McRaney was leaving a training event and driving west on highway 452 in Lake Country to return home to Orlando when he encountered another vehicle which had crossed the center line of the two-lane country road.
McRaney was a pitcher for Mississippi State.
He earned SEC All-Academic honors in 1985 and in 1986.
Sunday, a family member reported McRaney was sitting in a chair and in good spirits at Orlando Regional Medical Center, although his legs were held fully extended by metal braces.
According to police report, McRaney was wearing his seatbelt, although he suffered multiple injuries, and the other driver was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from his vehicle. The condition of the other driver is unknown, according to Hepburn.
McRaney underwent surgery Saturday, Aug. 22 to repair two broken legs and a broken wrist.
He was returned to surgery again, Monday morning, Aug. 24, to permit doctors to irrigate his two broken legs to prevent any development of infection, according to Heburn.
In an email to the Florida Baptist Convention, Hadley McRaney, the 17-year-old daughter McRaney, said a doctor told the family he had no head, chest, stomach, spine or internal injuries.
"God has given us strength to get through these last hours," Hadley McRaney wrote. "We are working on His strength and not our own. Through times of struggles like this, I see how devoting your life and being faithful to the Lord brings you great friends. I don't know where we would be if my parents haven't been so faithful over the years..'"
David Burton, director of the Convention's evangelism division, was at the hospital Saturday morning, along with Jeff Hessinger, director of student evangelism for the Convention.
Hadley McRaney said Burton has "devoted" time to the family and "is taking care of a lot of areas."
"It is amazing to see the body of Christ unify so quickly," Hadley McRaney said, noting her mom, Sandy, is "doing well."
Hadley is the middle daughter of Will and Sandy McRaney. Macy, 14, is the youngest and Blakeney, 20, is away at Mississippi State University. Hadley McRaney and the Convention asks for prayer for the family.
The Convention reported McRaney is expected to remain at the Orlando hospital until about Sept. 3 for rehabilitation to regain mobility of his two legs which will likely be in braces for up to six weeks.
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