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Sheriff's condition worsens, moved to ICU
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Sheriff Don Martin
Sheriff Don Martin is still at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah. He was moved to the intensive care unit Monday and placed on a ventilator as a precautionary measure to monitor fluid buildup as he awaits surgery on his leg.
Martin was taken to the Savannah hospital after he was in an accident at around 10:30 p.m. Thursday on Oglethorpe Highway, according to Georgia State Patrol Senior Trooper Harry Middleton.
Martin suffered six cracked ribs, a fractured wrist and a broken leg as a result of the wreck, but according to his wife Polly, who started a blog on the hospital’s Web site, he is doing well, is responsive and is resting.
Martin was scheduled for leg surgery Monday, but it was postponed when he developed fluid buildup. According to the online journal, attempts to remove the sheriff from the ventilator were unsuccessful. In a journal entry dated Dec. 8, 1:27 p.m. Polly Martin wrote, “Breathing on his own with all the cracked ribs was too painful.”
Middleton said Martin was alone in his pickup when he ran into the rear of another vehicle that had stopped to make a left turn into a convenience store on Butler Avenue. The driver of the other vehicle, Sherri Elaine Griffin of Midway, was not believed to have been injured. The trooper said he was unsure if any tickets would be issued because there are conflicting stories among witnesses and those involved about whether the second vehicle had its lights and turn signal on.
There was no indication alcohol was involved.
Middleton did say a witness pulled Martin from his truck minutes before it caught fire.
The trooper said the cause of the accident is still under investigation. Middleton 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. is a free, personalized Web site that allows families to update friends and loved ones about a patient’s condition. So far, Martin’s page has received 207 visits from friends and well wishers who left four pages of postings and messages of support.
To see Martin’s site visit, go to
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