Tragedy strikes at Lake Oconee

Tia Lynn Ivey News

A tragic accident occurred at Lake Oconee last weekend, when Tyler Hall, 21, dove into a shallow portion of the lake on Saturday, July 7. When he resurfaced, he yelled that he couldn’t feel his legs. After hours of waiting for rescue, Hall was airlifted to Augusta University Hospital Trauma Center where he underwent a four-hour surgery to repair three cervical breaks in his neck. After surgery, Hall had a stroke that damaged his brain stem and is not expected to live.

“He is not currently breathing on his own and the Monday morning scans and tests were not good,” wrote Caroline Taylor, Hall’s friend who started a GoFundMe Campaign to raise money for his medical/funeral costs. “Tyler has lost further brain functions and natural reflexes than before. Doctors are sure that he is progressing to a ‘brain dead’ state.”

“Tyler will go to be with the Lord soon, we are not certain how much time he has left in his earthly body,” wrote his sister Jess Lawson on Facebook. “We are not quite sure how we will be able to function without our sweet brother/son/uncle/friend. Please keep us in your prayers as we navigate these treacherous waters.”

Hall, who was raised in Madison and graduated from Morgan County High School in 2014, was spending the day at the lake with his parents, Wade and Karen Hall, along with his sister Jess Lawson and his brother-in-law Brian Lawson and the couple’s sons. Hall was currently working as an electrical apprentice with A&B Electric. The accident happened at the Sugar Creek Marina, which is located on the line between Morgan and Putnam counties. Rescue teams from Morgan, Putnam and Greene counties responded to calls for help before Hall was finally airlifted to Augusta.

As of press time on Tuesday, July 10, the GoFundMe Campaign raised $7,915 dollars has been raised. The goal is $15,000.

“We the family and friends of Tyler would like to help the family with the looming expenses of this high level of care that may not be covered with insurance, and the funeral expenses,” said a statement from friends and family operating the GoFundMe Campaign for Hall. “When Tyler is gone, we don’t want the family to have any financial burdens only wonderful memories…if you knew Tyler, you know his humor, his love for life, and his love for his friends and family.  He will truly be missed but never forgotten.”

To donate to this campaign, visit: www.gofundme.com/tyler-halls-funeral-costs.

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