Saturday, October 4, 2008


Samuel was injured today in an accident involving the tractor. He was airlifted from the park behind our house to Children's Hospital in Milwaukee. We need prayers.

Currently he is still in surgery and will need many, many more. He has lost one leg below-the-knee and the other they are trying to save to the ankle. One arm is broken near the shoulder but the elbow is more critical - open fractures with tissue damage/missing.

His pelvis is also fractured on one side. His buttocks and back are injured and he needs a colostomy. If he continues to do well in surgery tonight that will be performed now.

His vitals are good. He was awake up until surgery where we were able to kiss him.

Please lift him up. He's such a precious, vivacious, mischievous guy.

Marty and I are good and feeling the prayers and have our faith to sustain. It is the other children (Paul especially and Mary) that I worry about - they are with their Uncle Mike and Aunt Sheryl at our house tonight . . . . all the kids are piled in bed together (Paul usually sleeps with Samuel).

We love you all. We appreciate the power of prayer. We have a website titled samuelphillipson that does not require a password and will keep all the medical stuff there.

Blessings to all. We praise God that we are His children and that we are in such a place where Sam is being tended to so well.


Karmen and Greg said...

Thank you for the update Carole. I am praying for your whole family -- you, Marty, Sam, and each of your precious children. May God wrap His loving arms around each one of you. I'm only a phone call away!

PletcherFamily said...

Oh Carole! I am so sorry! We will be praying for you. Please keep us up to date on how he is doing!!!

Joanne said...

You are all in our prayers - please keep us updated and know we have Samuel in our thoughts and prayers ~

Peculiar Smith Family said...

I continue to follow updates on the site. I'm praying for you all, and you're in my thoughts constantly.

Rebecca said...

Hiya Carole.
I am so sorry to about little Sam. I am praying for you constantly and your family is on my mind all the time. Hang tight sister.

Erica said...

We are praying for all of you!

Norman, Cheryl, Olivia said...

We are so sorry and we will keep Sam in our prayers.

Lisa said...

All of you are in our prayers. If you need anything you know you can count on the ladybugs plus me personally.

Justine said...

We are praying for your sweet little boy. I have posted your prayer request on my blog and asked others to join us in praying.

We will continue to hold you up in prayer.

Jenni said...

We are praying! I can not imagine the pain you are going through seeing your baby suffer- my mommy heart aches for you- God be near you and hold you during this!
Praying for your other little ones too and for healing for Sam.

Noelle said...

I am so sorry to hear about this tradgic event in this little boy's life. May your family and Samual feel Gods love during this difficult time. And may he be with the doctors. I will keep you all in my prayers.

Kimmie said...

Hi Carole;

Just want you to know that we are standing with you in prayer. Asking God to cover you and guide your every step and thought.

Sending a hug and believing that God's hand is firmly upon each of you. May you know His Peace and love.

Praying for Samuel-we will continue...please feel free to email us with anything specifically we can pray for you.

mama to 6
one homemade and 5 adopted

Kimmie said...

In your own words...which God gave you prior to Sam's accident...

Thank you God
for this day.
We love you.
We need you.
Be with us.
Protect us.
Bless our food.
Bless our thoughts.
And guide us
in your way.
In Jesus' name
We pray.

Your friend and sister in Christ;
mama to 6
one homemade and 5 adopted

Anonymous said...

I found your blog through the Haynes...We're praying so hard for your sweet little boy and your entire family.

Lauree said...

I am so sorry about the terrible accident. I am praying for your family and little Samuel. May God wrap him in His arms, heal him, bless him and you as well! I found your website through Debbi, Kevin and Sarah's website.

Elizabeth Bergeron said...

Praying through-out the day and night. He is the Great Physician!

Yoli said...

I came across your story by a friend. I am so sorry. My prayers are with your son and family.

Brenna said...

Praying for comfort and healing for your sweet little one. May God bless your family.

learningtogether said...

Saw your news on Justine's blog adn wanted to let you know that I will be in prayer for him as well as all of the rest of you.
Shelley in BC

Anonymous said...

You don't know me and I am not sure how my sister stumbled upon your blog- but I thought I would let you know that my family and I are praying for you in Seattle Washington (my sister lives in Canada and I know she is lifting you up too). Praying for peace, for God's comfort and for His strength as he carries you and your little Sam through this unimaginable situation. Praying for miracles! Nothing is beyond His grasp. Cling to Him.
Kerri Kincaid
Seattle WA

Marion said...

So sorry to hear what your family is going through.
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Tina said...

Praying for your precious son and family-

Joe and Julie said...

Carole, I am so sorry that this has happenedd. You and your family are in our prayers.

Dana said...

Carole,My computer is about gone, but I finally borrowed Clay's computer. I had no idea! I'm so sorry to read what happened, but am glad your faith is sustaining you. I'm heading to your caringbridge site now to see the latest...Please know we're lifting you all up in our prayers.

Terynn said...

Prayers for your family from here in the heartland of Iowa. Will go next to your caringbridge site to check in...God goes with you and before you.

sandi said...

Praying for you guys in this time! Our thoughts are with you!!!

Mom to 4 boys, 3 from Ethiopia and 1 bio

Lisa said...

I am praying for your sweet son and your family.. I saw your story over at
I'm praying and I will continue and continue and continue to pray for you all.

Owlhaven said...

I was so sorry to read this post. Praying for your sweetie!!

Hugs and prayers

Mary, mom to 10, including 4 from Ethiopia

Heather said...

I am so sorry! I will keep Samuel and all of you in my prayers. Thank you for letting all of us know.


Mark, Rebecca and Sophia said...

Rest assured that your family is being lifted up in regular prayer.

Kim said...

I found you through Handsful....I will be praying for your boy! I am so sorry and I am trusting this situation to the Lord who knows all and does what is best! praying for you right now.

Kelly said...

I am so sorry to hear about this awful event. Carole, Sam, Paul and your whole family are in my thoughts and prayers

Margaret said...

Hi Carole,

I learned of your family and your precious little boy Samuel today when I went to work. I work for Karmen's mother. I wanted you to know that although I do not know you, I am praying for you and your family. I am a grandmother of 18 grandchildren. I will pass this along to the 3 prayer chains that I am connected with. God bless you and your family. He is faithful.


Duda family said...

I learned of your prayer needs today and am lifting you in prayer now. I'm so sorry to hear of your situation. I'm praying the Lord will give grace to Samuel during this time as well as the rest of you. Thank you for keeping us updated. Thank you Father for new mercies each and every day.

Arms Around You,
David and Amanda Duda
Harvest Bible Chapel Milwaukee
Parents to Elijah, 21 months old home from Ethiopia 9/3/07

BrittandJack said...

Hi Carole,
You don't know me but I am friends with Kelly Wilson. My son and I will definitely keep your family and little Sam in our prayers. May God wrap his healing wings around him.

margie pence said...

Hi Carole,
I hope you get this I have not done this before. Just want you to know you all are on my prayer list and I will put you on my church prayer list and my disciple prayer list. I hope things are going good I know your faith will get you through your tough times.
God's Grace and love,
Margie Pence

Carol said...

I am so sorry to be reading this. Prayers for the whole family. I have started a prayer chain with the many folks I know. We are all praying for Sam and family.
Carol & Alyssa

Chinamama4 said...

Lisa from your ladybug group sent me... Please know our family is holding your family up in prayer - especially your sweet Sam.

Glenda said...

I heard about you and your family from a friend of mine at River Glen Christian Church in Waukesha. Our small group has been praying for you and your family ever since. Is there any thing else we can do for you? We would love to help.