A deer hunting accident last weekend left a 20-year-old Williamson County man paralyzed from the chest down.
Seth Mangrum fell 15 feet to the ground after falling asleep in a deer stand in a wooded area about a quarter mile from his grandparents’ College Grove home last Saturday morning.
Family members said he was not wearing at safety harness at the time of the accident.
“I didn’t know what to do, I was screaming,” said Linda Polly Mangrum, the victim’s grandmother said.
Seth’s hunting friends were about 100 yards away and sprang into action when they heard the fall.
“They got an old door out of the barn, placed him on the door and brought him out of the woods because the emergency personnel would never have been able to reach him,” Seth’s father Ken Mangrum told News 2.
Seth is currently at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on a ventilator.
Doctors say he is paralyzed from the chest down, but is alert and has started to feel a tingling sensation in his legs.
Once he is off the ventilator, Seth will go to the renowned Shepard Center in Atlanta to start rehabilitation.
Mangrum’s parents hope others learn from their son’s tragic story and wear their safety harnesses when deer hunting.
They say Mangrum, a 2013 graduate of Page High School, was an experienced deer hunter.
A fund to help with medical expenses has been set up at the First Tennessee Bank under the name Seth Mangrum.