A freak accident in Fort Mill has left a local handyman clinging to life and a community rallying to raise money for the man’s family.
This week, Jason Blair fell while hanging lights on Shiloh Bend Trail for homeowner Stephanie Haas.
“I hired a handyman to come hang Christmas lights because I was not comfortable with my husband climbing on the roof that high,” Haas wrote Thursday on a gofundme page. “What started out as a normal day took a horrific turn of events. Jason fell off of our roof, onto the concrete and sustained life-threatening injuries. He was life flighted to the hospital.”
Jason was taken to the ICU trauma unit of Carolina’s Medical Center, according to a news report from WCNC-TV. He reportedly suffered a severe brain injury that required surgery to remove a portion of his skull in addition to several skull fractures, broken ribs, a blood clot in his lung, and multiple bruises.
“While we were at the hospital, the blood clot in his lung grew larger causing his lung to collapse,” Haas said. “They pushed us out of the room and placed in an emergency chest tube. He is on a ventilator and in a medically induced coma. Moving forward there is little hope for recovery.”
The homeowner said the man’s wife, Doris, is currently out of work and Jason was working to provide for his entire family, which includes two small children, a boy and a girl.
Haas set up the gofundme page with a goal of $5,000, but it had already surpassed $10,000 by Saturday night.