A 27-year-old man was in critical condition at University Medical Center as of Thursday, March 3. 80% of Cody Jackson's body is covered with first and second degree burns. He was injured during a hot oil truck explosion March 2nd in Levelland.
Jackson now faces several surgeries related to those injuries, which means he'll also need a lot of blood. Jackson's mother has a desperate plea; for the community to donate blood so that her son may live. Specifically type O negative, which Jackson will need during many surgeries.
Jackson, a father of two, has been working in the oil fields since high school. A dangerous job which would eventually put him in a horrible, but not completely unexpected situation. Jackson was airlifted to UMC after he was injured during the hot oil truck explosion.
Jackson's mother, Martha Tubbs said, "It's just one of those oil field things, you just never know."
Smoke filled the sky shortly after the explosion, visible for miles. In fact, NewsChannel 11's towercam picked up the smoke-filled sky 35 miles away.
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Tubbs saw the smoke from Levelland. "We were noticing the smoke, talking about there's a lot of smoke coming up over there, wondering what was burning. I was going back to Cody's house when my daughter called me and told me Cody had been burned real bad, so I turned around and headed back to Lubbock," said Tubbs.
A family now prays for their son, and two sons pray for their father. However, many of us already have the lifesaver within us. Tubbs said, "It's just going to take a while, but he needs blood, he needs a lot of blood."
Type O negative to be exact. It's the universal blood type which anyone can receive, and Jackson will need it for many of his surgeries. "He's going to be okay though. I know, I've got faith in God. We have too many prayers going up for him. He's going to be okay."
To donate blood, stop by United Blood Services at 48th and University, or call (806) 741-1752 for an appointment.
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Jackson will also need a lot of plasma during operations. You can give plasma at UBS, or by stopping by DCI Biologicals at 2415 Main street. No appointment is necessary.