By Tia Lynn Ivey
A sophomore at Morgan County High School (MCHS), Wesley Glover, was involved in a near-drowning accident on August 9, which has left him in critical condition and on life support at an Atlanta hospital. The circumstances of the accident have not yet been determined.
According to the incident report, County firefighters and EMS responded to the call, arriving at the West Main Street home to find Wesley unresponsive near the pool with an adult female performing CPR on him. First responders took over CPR and cleared an airway in the 15-year-old while transporting him to Morgan Memorial Hospital.
A GoFundMe campaign with a goal of $100,000 has been launched by the family to help raise funds to cover Wesley’s medical expenses and potential long-term care. As of press time on Tuesday, August 23, $8,305 has been raised thus far.
“We don’t yet know exactly how much we will need as we are headed into the unknown right now,” said Mark Gregg, a friend of the Glover family. “Wesley is a sweet kid and he is well known in Madison and in Rutledge.”
According to the site, “Wesley had a drowning accident severe enough to stop his heart and cut off oxygen to his brain for a significant amount of time. Wesley and his family are looking at the reality of long-term care for Wesley that includes enormous medical bills, long-term home care cost and/or possible institutional care. Wesley is currently in the ICU unit of Children’s Hospital on life support. While some of his organs are starting to respond, his brain and nervous system are not responding as hoped…The future is unknown for Wesley, a boy with a great smile and a big heart, who celebrated his 16th birthday unconscious this week in the ICU.”
The site also notes that Wesley’s mother is the sole financial provider for Wesley, and his three younger sisters.
“The family has been overwhelmed by the shock and trauma of this accident, and also with the love, emotional support and prayers offered for Wesley and his family,” said Debbie Glover, Wesley’s grandmother. “We are hoping that you can help us now take care of his family financially. Please help if you can, and thank you, thank you, thank you!”
To donate, visit: www.gofundme.com/wesleyglover. An account at WellsFargo Bank has also been established so anyone can donate in person to help Wesley Glover. To donate, visit any WellsFargo branch and ask about the Wesley Warriors’ fund.
The last update from the family via the GoFundMe page reported that a recent MRI on Wesley has not resulted as hoped and the family would soon be making an announcement on Wesley’s prognosis.