Accounts have been established at a local bank and online to support the family of a young Assaria father who was severely electrically shocked Saturday in a farm accident.
Jodi Short, wife of Zachary Short, 24, said in a message to the Journal Monday that her husband was still in "very, very critical" condition.
"We nearly lost him two times today," Jodi Short wrote. "He is fighting so hard for me and our baby girl, but by the grace of God he is still here! We appreciate all of the prayers and support and are just leaving it in God's hands."
Authorities said Zachary Short was shocked Saturday afternoon while he was part of a crew 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.
Friends and family of the Shorts ensured that the $15,000 fundraising goal established on a gofundme.com account to “Support the Shorts” was far exceeded less than a day after the account was established. According to the site, 214 donors had given a total of $36,000 since Monday. The amount raised was continuing to steadily rise.
Mindi Davidson, vice president in charge of human resources for First Bank Kansas, said all 10 of the bank’s branches will be accepting donations to the Zach Short Fund. Locations in Salina are at 235 S. Santa Fe, 1333 W. Crawford, 2860 S. Ninth and in Central Mall, 2259 S. Ninth. Donations also will be accepted at 118 N. Main in Lindsborg.
Davidson said 100 percent of any money collected at the bank will go to the Short family.
The crowdfunding website gofundme.com deducts about 8 percent of donations for administrative and processing fees, according to information on the site.
Short remained in critical condition Monday at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis in Wichita, a hospital spokeswoman said.
According to information posted at gofundme.com/gbuyow, Short’s recovery is likely to be a long process.
“This will be a long, hard fight for the entire family and Zach,” according to the post on the site. “We appreciate all of your love and support in this difficult time.”
For more information, go to gofundme.com/gbuyow.