Helping Houston


Walterboro man breaks his neck

in freak accident. On Saturday Dec. 21, Houston Barr and a friend were playing around, when he fell, hitting his head and neck on the ground. To the family’s alarm, he couldn’t move; he had suffered a severe spinal cord injury. Doctors found two shattered vertebrae (C5 and C6) and a fractured vertebrae (C7). His spinal cord was also pinched. In order to stay alive, Houston, 20, went through a seven-hour surgery, and then a stint in ICU. He had issues with pneumonia, oxygen and fever, but thankfully has begun to improve. Houston now has feeling in his fingers and toes, can swallow on his own, and can even push himself around in a wheelchair for short periods. On January 2, he was doing so well that he was able to be moved to the rehabilitation facility at Roper St. Francis Hospital. People who know Houston, his parents Robin and James Barr, and his sister Madison, a barrel racer from Windsong Farm, said he is a strong, wonderful young man, and the family will get through this with time. “He is making great strides,” said Robin. “He can move his arms and hands, but has very little grip. He does have feeling in his feet. In fact, he was laughing last night because we were tickling the bottom of his feet!” But Houston has a long, long road to recovery while he is learning to walk again. Many have asked how they can help this family. Any donations towards gas, medical bills, remodeling their mobile home to accommodate Houston, and food would be greatly appreciated. At this time, the household finances are being seriously affected by this tragedy. To help, go to You can also check out his Facebook page at Facebook pages# teamhouston. There is also a PayPal account for donations. Maple Cane Baptist Church is planning on building a ramp for Houston, but funds are needed for materials. If you can help, send a check or money order made out to Maple Cane Baptist Church, 21324 Augusta Highway, Cottageville, SC, 29435, and designate "for Ramp” in the memo line.


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