An Assaria man who was electrically shocked in a farm accident is off the ventilator, awake and talking, his wife said last week.
Zachary Short, 24, remains in critical but stable condition at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis in Wichita, said Jodi Short.
More than 50 percent of Zach Short's body was burned in the Oct. 25 accident, and he has had portions of both legs amputated. Jodi Short said efforts are being made to save his left arm.
Authorities said Short was shocked while he and others were harvesting a soybean field near the intersection of Ohio Street and Farrelly Road. An uploading auger on a grain cart came in contact with power lines along the edge of the field, sparking a fire. Short was shocked when he touched the electrified grain cart and tractor as he attempted to deliver a fire extinguisher from a service truck.
The Prayers for Zach Short Facebook page noted that Short would be on his way to St. Louis for more treatment.
Jodi Short wrote that the family "would like to thank everyone for the amazing support they are giving to our family."
"If you would like to help, the only thing we can ask for are prayers so we can get Zach home!" she wrote. "God bless!"