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Sheriff has surgery Thursday
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Liberty County Sheriff J. Don Martin was scheduled to undergo leg surgery Thursday afternoon, according to an update posted by his wife on the Memorial Health University Medical Center’s Web site.
Martin was involved in a car wreck on Dec. 3, sending him to the hospital with six cracked ribs, a fractured wrist and a broken leg.
He was scheduled for leg surgery Monday, but it was postponed when he developed fluid buildup.
Martin was also moved to the ICU on Monday and placed on a ventilator as a precautionary measure. According to Polly Martin, doctors did so to ease the pain, assist him in breathing, which doctors described as painful, and to avoid further complications that could slow his recovery.
Martin’s wife asked for continued well wishes and prayers during the scheduled surgery and said their next goal will be to involve the sheriff in physical activity.
She said doctors will begin attempts to remove him from the respirator within 6-12 hours of the surgery but added, “But please know that complete success in that may take several days.”
Martin was scheduled to be inducted into the Liberty County Sports Hall of Fame last night and his son Jimmy Martin was reportedly going to accept the award in his honor at the banquet at Club Stewart.
The sheriff was taken to the Savannah hospital after the accident in Midway.
Georgia State Patrol Senior Trooper Harry Middleton said the cause of the accident is under investigation. He was off duty this week and did not have the details of the report with him. The Courier is still waiting for the release of the accident report by the GSP, which was scheduled to be released by Thursday afternoon.
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