SAMMY COLEMAN

Sammy Coleman rides his motorcycle. Several fundraising efforts are underway for Coleman, who was involved in a serious accident while riding on Sept. 22.

An area man needs the community’s support following a Sept. 22 motorcycle accident.

Sammy Coleman was riding his motorcycle when he collided with a car, causing severe injuries.

He was flown to University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, where so far he has undergone three major surgeries with more to come. He remains in critical care. Among the injuries the 64-year-old Coleman received are a shattered pelvis, broken right ankle, compound left tibia fracture, broken ribs, a collapsed lung, a punctured bladder a concussion and a torn spleen.

In the aftermath of the surgeries, he is fighting pneumonia, internal bleeding, respiratory issues and kidney/urological problems.

Ongoing fundraising efforts include a GoFundMe page and a donation account at Regions Bank.

“The main thing was his pelvis injury,” said Merrie McGrath, Coleman’s sister-in-law, who has spearheaded the fundraising efforts. “The doctor said in 20 years, he’d never seen anything this bad. It required two surgeries, but they think they’ve got it in the right place now, but he’s just been on so many meds for blood pressure and all.”

To donate to the Regions account, the public can go to a Regions branch and say they’d like to donate to the Sammy Coleman account.

A blood drive will also be held for Coleman on Oct. 10.

It will be located on Main Street in front of the Starkville Cafe, where he was a regular customer. The drive will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

“He is the sweetest man,” McGrath said. “He would never pass anyone whose car was broken down. He is kind of a Jokester.”

The GoFundMe page can be accessed here.

 

For more on this story, read Thursday's Starkville Daily News.

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