ASSARIA — After an electric shock three years ago that resulted in severe burns and his legs being amputated, Zach Short wasn't sure if he was capable of having more children with his wife, Jodi.

The couple already had a four-year old daughter, Brynlee, but wanted to have another child if God allowed.

After deciding to try, Jodi proceeded to have two miscarriages. During their third try, the baby was born a month premature and rushed to an incubator immediately after being delivered.

"We weren't sure we were going to have a healthy baby," said Zach, 27. "We did a lot of praying, and we got a lot of answered prayers."

Although a month premature, Jodi said their new baby boy weighed six pounds and only had to spend 24 hours in the incubator.

"He was called a 'rainbow baby,' which is what they call a baby born after a miscarriage," said Jodi, 26. "They made it sound like he would be on oxygen, but his oxygen levels were 100 percent when he came out, so his lungs must be really strong."

The baby, named Brycen, was born Nov. 9 and will be exactly two weeks old on Thanksgiving Day. Because of this, Zach and Jodi feel they have a whole lot to be thankful for this year.

"I feel so blessed, especially after what I went through," Zach said. "The miscarriages got us down, but we kept praying. I wanted a boy, and I got what I wanted. He had five fingers and five toes, so we're excited."

It seems like little Brycen inherited his daddy's will to survive and thrive.

On Oct. 25, 2014, Zach wasn't expected to survive the day, much less father a healthy baby boy three years later.

While cutting soybeans in a neighbor's field near the intersection of Ohio Street and Farrelly Road on that fateful day, Zach saw a grain cart catch on fire. As he ran to try to help put out the flames, he didn't realize the auger on the grain cart had come into contact with a 7,200-volt power line.

When Zach attempted to leap over the hitch connecting the tractor to the grain cart, he was severely shocked. It was about 30 seconds before a co-worker used a plastic and wood shovel to pry Zach away from the cart.

Three days after being taken to the hospital with severe burns, Zach coded for nine minutes and was read his last rites before finally stabilizing. He spent 20 days in a coma before awakening to face multiple skin graft surgeries, possible multiple organ failure and the amputation of part of both legs, one of them above the knee.

Doctors nearly amputated his left arm, but the Shorts got a second opinion from a doctor at Barnes-Jewish hospital in St. Louis and Zach was able to keep it, even though it was nearly useless.

It's been a challenging road since then, with multiple skin graft surgeries, dozens of medications, visits to a hyperbaric chamber to help heal his open wounds and several fittings for prosthetic legs. His new legs were fitted by Peeples Prosthetics, a Wichita-based company that constructs and custom fits prosthetic limbs.

Through the generosity of a U.S. Marine veteran and fellow amputee, Zach was fitted with a prosthetic for his left leg with a knee containing a computer microprocessor. This allowed Zach better stabilization and mobility and gave him the ability to once again resume his farming career.

"It allows me to do most of the things I did before," he said. "It allows me to comfortably stand and hold (Brycen) without worrying about falling."

For the last year, Zach miraculously has had no medical issues or major infections. Not that long ago, Zach said, he was taking up to 26 pills a day.

"No I'm taking zero, except for a multivitamin," he said.

Zach's burns mostly have healed, but the thinned skin on his face is vulnerable to sunburns. His left arm also has continued to grow stronger, and he now can grip phones and cups.

He's also gained most of his weight back — from 95 pounds in the hospital to 165 at present.

"I lost a lot of weight quick when they amputated my legs," he said. "I had chicken legs then, and now I still have them."

"They're metal now, though," Jodi said.

As the fourth Thanksgiving since Zach's accident approaches and the Shorts prepare to spend the day celebrating with family, they know they have a whole lot to be thankful for.

"I'm thankful for these two babies we have and all the answered prayers," Jodi said. "This year we can spend Thanksgiving together with family and not have to worry about the past. We're finally to a point where we're making progress."

For Zach, his whole focus this year was to be a faithful husband and a good dad to his daughter and newborn son.

"I'm happy the focus is not on me anymore," he said. "My family helped me, they enjoyed helping me. I didn't like it, but I had no choice. Now it's in the past. We can celebrate the holidays as a family without worrying what's going to happen in the future."