Garrison community comes together to support hospitalized student

Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

GARRISON, TX (KTRE) - The city of Garrison is coming together after a Garrison High School student was air lifted to a Houston hospital Tuesday night.

Co-workers tell us that 17-year-old Ian Sims suddenly passed out while mowing a yard for the company he works for.

Frederick Sparks, his co-worker, said yesterday was Sims first day of work.

The yard crew was on their last job when Sims passed out.

"Before you knew it, we looked at him, and he was zig-zagging, but we thought he was playing around," Sparks said.

They soon found out it was no joke.

Sims was unresponsive and latched onto the lawnmower.

"Within that time, he just fell face forward and passed out," Sparks said.

According to Sparks, after a moment of shock, he and two other men gave Sims CPR until EMS personnel arrived.

Sims was airlifted to Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.

And while Sims was fighting for his life a few miles away, his community back home was fighting back with prayer.

"That's the best way to do it and that's the best thing we could do is pray," said friend Blake Greer.

A prayer vigil was held on Tuesday night on campus.

"It's awesome to be able to see this community," said Youth Pastor Clint Williams. "When something happens to someone in this community, they jump on it, and they start praying. They start donating; they start always sending letters and caring."

Sims' friends believe the power of prayer and support are what's keeping the community so positive.

"Ian, you got this," said friend Cam Shepherd. "You're going to get through it, bud, and just know that the whole town is beside you."

Wednesday night, the community met at the Holly Springs Baptist Church to pray and hear updates about Sims.

Sims' mom is updating friends and family via Facebook.

On Wednesday, she said Sims' heart is beating on its own, and even though he was heavily sedated, he was able to breathe on his own as well.

Sims is still being treated at a Houston hospital where doctors will continue running tests.

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