September 28, 2013
Submitted by WENDY BRADLEY
On September 21, 2013, Clay Bradley was on a weekend retreat with friend, Brady, at a remote mountain top cabin in Southeast TN near the Cherokee National Forest. A grease fire exploded which engulfed Clayton causing 3rd degree burns over 30% of his body and 2nd degree burns to approximately 40% of his body. Praise to God for the immediate actions of Brady, Clayton was transported 45 minutes to the nearest emergency room where he was stabilized and prepared for Life Flight.
Due to weather conditions Life Flight was grounded, making immediate access to the nearest Trauma Care Facility unavailable. After several hours waiting for the weather to clear, LifeFlight was still grounded, Clay was then tranported by ambulance to the closest airport and was flown by Medical Plane to Nashville BNA, where he was then Life Flighted to Vanderbilt Medical Center.
Currently Clayton is in room 11230 at Vanderbilt Medical Center ICU Burn Unit. Clayton sustained 3rd degree burns to both arms from shoulder to fingertips; both legs from knee below; his lower back and his face and neck. He additionally sustained 2nd degree burns to a numerous areas of his body. By the Grace of God his torso area near all vital organs had no burn damage.
Prior to Clayton’s injury he was attending CSCC for Agriculture and Biology to pursue a career as a Smoke Jumper with the Dept of Forrestry. He was on a rigorous workout regime in order to pass physical agility tests required. Doctors and surgeons have stated his physical condition prior to the injury paid dividends in both saving his life and his forthcoming recovery process.
Clay must have major and numerous reconstructive surgeries. A donation fund has been established through FIFTH THIRD BANK, donations may be made at any branch or via Give Forward site for Clayton. Thank you all for your prayers and support to date and in the coming months.
e was attending Columbia State Community College studying Agriculture and Biology and planned to apply for the Fire Academy with United States Forrestry and Dept. of Agriculture with the goal of becoming a Smoke Jumper.
Clay is still in Vanderbilt ICU Burn Unit, room 11230. For more information and updates go to: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/claybradley