By Jeff Awtrey - email
ALBERQUERQUE, N.M. (KTRE) - A Lufkin man is expected to recover from injuries he suffered when he and his brother were crushed by a car driven by an alleged drunk driver while helping another driver in New Mexico.
Patrick Chambers, 26, lost a kidney, but doctors determined his other kidney would be fine, meaning he would not need a transplant, according to family friend Leah Lahman.
Patrick's brother, Taylor Chambers, was killed in the wreck. Patrick's family is with him at an Albuquerque hospital.
"He's in severe pain," Lahman said. "He suffered a collapsed lung, and doctors are taking his chest tube out today. They want him to go a couple days without the tube and then transfer him to Lufkin."
Lahman said the Chambers family is trying to get enough money together to transfer Patrick to Lufkin, money which is paid up front.
Lahman said Patrick's mother, Tricia, asked her to thank the community for their prayers and offers of support.
"Some have even offered their plane to move Patrick," she said. "But those planes aren't medically equipped to move him. But other family members can use it to get back home."
Monetary donations are being accepted to assist the Chambers family in medical and funeral expenses. They can be dropped off at Angelina Federal Employees Credit Union, located at 900 Pershing Ave., under the account of Tricia Chambers.