Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

Local News

July 7, 2006

Duncan improves to serious; parents express appreciation

The condition of Truman Lee Duncan, 36, a Gunderson Southwest rail yard employee who used his cell phone to call 9-1-1 after he was run over by a railcar June 25, has been upgraded to serious from critical, a Harris Methodist Fort Worth hospital spokesman said Thursday.

Duncan had one leg amputated at the hip and the other amputated above the knee following the incident.

Duncan’s parents, through a hospital spokesman said, “On behalf of our son Truman Duncan, we would like to thank everyone that is praying for our son and our family during this time. Your cards, phone calls, e-mails and continued prayers have been a great source of encouragement.”

The Duncans said the family would like to thank the 9-1-1 operator, the Cleburne Fire and Rescue team, police and CareFlite personnel who responded to Truman’s call for help and provided care at the scene.

“We are very grateful for the excellent care Truman is receiving from the medical team at Harris Methodist Fort Worth hospital and are appreciative to the entire staff at Harris for reaching out to our family during this difficult time,” they said.

Duncan’s cell phone plea has been broadcast throughout the world. His parents expressed appreciation to the media for their retelling of what happened that day.

“We would also like to thank the media for their interest in Truman’s story. You have delivered our son’s story in a powerful way, making him to be the hero that he truly is,” his parents said.

Duncan’s upgrade to serious condition is an improvement from critical condition, and the family remains hopeful that he will continue to progress and rest comfortably in the medical care that he is receiving. The parents asked for continued prayers.

Due to the amount of calls to make monetary contributions to Duncan, the family has established a benefit fund where donations can be made. Checks should be written to the Truman Duncan Benefit Fund and mailed to Truman Duncan Benefit Fund c/o Summit Bank, 1300 Summit Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76102. Donations can be made in person at any Summit Bank location. For information, call 817-336-8383.

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