Update on this story.
According to some comments made after this story was published that some of the information here is inaccurate; but I do not know what it is. I have asked that any who know of any errors in this article let me know so that I can make the corrections. I could just delete the whole story; but I want the public to be aware of the tragic thing that has happened to this family and continue to uplift them in prayer and to do anything possible to help them. I added the address to the church that will accept any donations in their name. Some of this information came to me via people who said they were family friends; and the other came from local news coverage. People were just in such a hurry to send out prayer request; that they apparently just repeated what they were told.
Update: Orchard Hills Baptist Church has set up a fund and collection sight for this family. Food, diapers, and gas cards can be sent to the church in their name: Jeff & Melissa Deegan. Financial donations will be accepted also to help this family through this terrible time. See address in comment below.
The news first appeared in Facebook when a message was sent out that there had been a terrible accident in Coweta, Georgia. Coweta is just west of Atlanta, Georgia.
The message began to spread that young Adam Deegan had in fact been killed in the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene; but was later revived. His 38 year old Mother, Melissa Deegan was terribly injured as was his two month old sister.
People in the surrounding counties waited with prayers and fears regarding the condition of young Adam. It was reported yesterday that he was taken off life support. it was reported thatMelissa Deegan was put into a medically induced coma for her severe injured back, hips and legs. Infant baby girl is at Egleston’s Children’s hospital in serious but stable condition with a head injury.
It was reported by friends that Ms. Deegan was on her way to taking her children to the babysitter when an oncoming car traveling at a high rate of speed struck her car. The car was utterly destroyed.
The driver of the other car, 48 year old Karen Cook, was also injured. She is reported in critical condition and transported by ground to Atlanta Medical Center. Ms. Deegan was also transported by ground in critical condition to Grady Memorial Hospital. Her son Adam was first taken to Piedmont Fayette Hospital; but was later air lifted to Children’s Medical Center in Atlanta.
This accident happened on Monday, January 3, 2011 in the morning at 9:13am near the intersection of Poplar Road and Bill Hart Road according to Lt. John LaChance. There is still an ongoing investigation as to the case of the accident.
Melissa Deegan was driving a 1997 Corolla headed northwest on Poplar Road when Karen Cook’s 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo struck Ms. Deegan’s vehicle with her two small children inside. Ms. Cook has been declared the at-fault driver.
There was no apparent involvement of drugs or alcohol as contributing factors to this accident which has now claimed the life of little Adam. After discovering that his brain stem had been severed (and there was no brain activity), Adam’s father had to make the decision alone to remove his ten year old son from life support.
Please pray for the healing of this mother and infant daughter; as well as this father who has lost his son and is now running back and forth between two hospitals to see about his wife and infant daughter.
In times like this, the faith of the most stalwart becomes fragile. Pray for this family as they face many difficult days ahead with two family members in critical condition. Friends of the family say that the father cannot even think about planning a funeral for little Adam at this time. Let us also remember Ms. Cook who is also in critical condition that she will recover. Pray for her family and friends as well as they deal with what has happened.
While most of us feel helpless to help this family in anyway, if you are nearby (and available) there will be many things this family will need mentally, physically, and perhaps even financially. Emotional support and prayers are of utmost concern at this time.
Hug those around you today and tell them how much you love them. Never let them leave the house with sore feelings or anger for you never know what a day may bring. May each of us know our standing before God and be prepared in our souls for any such event that could happen to any of us on any given day.
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Sources: Newnan Times-Herald, Facebook, and Friends