NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Hudston man seriously injured in a boating accident last week is making a remarkable recovery. A week ago Sunday, Zachary Morgan, 19, was struck by a motor boat while swimming in the Angelina River. He had a broken leg, deep gashes and collapsed lungs.
According to his mother, Morgan is now breathing without the help of a ventilator. The doctors tell the family he's making a tremendous recovery, but will be hospitalized for a month. The community collected nearly $3,000 from various fundraisors last weekend.
Moran was swimming in the Angelina River, three to four miles south of state Highway 63 when he was hit by a passing motorboat driven by a woman, according to Game Warden Justin Eddins.
"If he had of went under the water, he probably would have drowned," said Marsha Woods, Zach's mother.
It was a typical Sunday afternoon for Wood's 19-year-old son Zach and his cousin Joshua Jones. Morgan and Jones were swimming in the Angelina River, when a motor boat hit Zach.
"We heard Zach in the water moaning, Jace looked at me and we thought his shoulder just popped out of place," said Jones.
He said instinct kicked in. "Then we realized something was really wrong, so I started swimming across holding him up," said Jones.
They weren't wearing life jackets. Jones said he lifted his cousin onto a knee board, then moved him to the boat that hit Zach. He said only one thought was running through his mind. "Just get him to the ambulance," he said. Others said they also helped safe Zach.
Morgan was lifeflighted from a highway 63 bridge to the Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. With a broken arm and collar bone, collapsed lungs and deep gashes on his hip, Morgan's mother said he needs one thing. "Lots of prayer, lots of prayer," she said.
As friends and family come together to support Zach, Jones said memories of this accident will stick. "Just don't take nothing for granted, you never know what's going to be there the next day," he said.
"There's been lots of miracles formed here and I think he's going to pull through because he's got a mission," said Woods. "He's not done with him yet, and I think it's going to change a lot of teenagers' lives, I hope so."
The Blood Center of East Texas has set up a blood drive for Morgan. Anyone wishing to donate blood can schedule an appointment by calling 936-634-1610.