Dr. Pierce's family and friends hope and pray for quick recovery - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Anna Marie Hartman

Dr. Pierce's family and friends hope and pray for quick recovery

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Family and friends are keeping a vigil for Dr. Trent Pierce at the MED in Memphis hoping and praying he will recover quickly.

Dr. Pierce was in surgery for 11 hours and tended to by 6 surgical teams.

One day after the bomb blast that critically injured him, family and friends are optimistic about a full recovery.

There is a long road to recovery ahead for Dr. Trent Pierce critically wounded by a bomb that exploded outside his home.

But friends of the West Memphis doctor have very high hopes.

Dr. Scott Ferguson says, "He's doing remarkably well.  the care has been exceptional."

Dr. Ferguson says Pierce is unable to speak because of a tube in his throat, but he is responsive.

"The family was able to go in.  He was able to respond to commands, move your foot move your arm and do those," says Ferguson.

The bomb blast burned Pierce on his face, hands and arms.

His wrist and lower leg were broken by the blast.

Schrapnel in his abdomen has been removed.

What was thought to be schrapnel in his neck turned out to be a tooth lodged in his throat.

They did have to do a trachiotomy and after they did that they retrieved the tooth so that's out of the way," says Ferguson.

But Pierce's left eye was severely damaged.

"They're not as optimistic about that but there is some hope, " says Ferguson.

There will be more surgeries and skin grafts, but doctors expect a full recovery.

And friends fully expect Dr. Pierce to return to his medical practice where he would often treat 60 to 80 patients a day.

Ferguson says, "I know he'll want to practice medicine again.  It's his life.  It's his dream and uh, with God's help that will happen."

Doctors have volunteered to take over Pierce's practice until he is well enough to return to work.

Ferguson says his family is grateful for the outpouring of prayers and support from the community.

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