45 staples in the head and thousands of dollars later local teen seeking help

By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

Jacob Vaughn hasn't counted the number of staples in his head, but his friends say it's around 45.

The recent graduate of Montrose High School was heading to New Mexico to visit a friend when the car he was in lost control and rolled.

"And the car skidded and then it went into a ditch and rolled continuously," says,
Vaughn’s girlfriend Calina Baize who was driving the car at the time of the accident.
Baize says at the time of the accident she was terrified, "Scared, I felt guilty and every bad feeling was rushing through me."

Out of the four people in the car Vaughn was the only one not wearing a seatbelt. He suffered major head trauma and his whole face had to be reconstructed. Doctors even had to remove a bone fragment from his brain. His best friend David Warner said he was shocked when he heard about the accident. Warner says, "I freaked out cause they're my best friends."

Tuesday Vaughn flew back from El Paso where he was staying in the hospital, only to check right back in to Saint Mary’s. Baize says he is slowly making a recovery but it looks to be a long road. Baize says, "He's going to be in rehab, he's going to have to see a speech therapist, a pain doctor."

Warner says, "He’s getting his sense of humor back he's a lot more upbeat." Now he's also facing mounting medical bills as he was uninsured at the time of the accident.

And as far as the staples in his head, he says he doesn't blame anyone and told his girlfriend not to feel guilty
Baize says he told her, "Accidents happen."

Anyone who would like to help can make a donation to the San Juan Mountains Credit Union in Montrose.

There is also a charity golf tournament tomorrow at Bridges County Club to benefit Jacob Vaughn.

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