Parker Byrd’s 13th surgery was a success


GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) — Parker Byrd’s family received encouraging news after East Carolina University underwent his 13th surgery Tuesday.

Byrd suffered serious leg injuries in a boating accident in Bath Creek in July. Since then, he has undergone numerous surgeries, including a below-the-knee amputation of his right leg. He is expected to undergo an above-the-knee amputation on the same side at some point. The goal of Tuesday’s surgery was to clean the wounds and replace Byrd’s vacuum cleaner.

“Everything went well,” Parker’s mother Mitzi Byrd wrote in a post-surgery update on Tuesday. “Parker is back in his room, still asleep from the anesthesia. Dr. Zeri was very pleased with how the skin and tissue looked. There is one area above the knee that still needs treatment, but he said he is seeing improvements with the hyperbaric treatment. He wants to delay the restorative amputation for a while to allow the hyperbaric therapy to heal as well as possible. He wants to get Parker out of the hospital, and we agree with him!”

Byrd was preparing to begin his freshman year as a member of ECU’s baseball team before the accident. Byrd grew up in Laurinburg and attended Scotland County High School. He also played travel baseball with the South Charlotte Panthers. Bird’s talent caught ECU’s attention early, and he verbally committed to the Pirates before playing a single high school game.

“(Dr. Zary) plans to do another surgery Thursday morning and then discharge him home (not actually home, but an apartment in Greenville),” Mitzi Byrd wrote. “He will continue to do hyperbaric treatments twice a day and twice a week will do outpatient surgeries to change the vaccination in the wound. After the last operation, he will be able to start rehabilitation. Today he had all the stitches and staples removed, they healed well. He’s even cautiously optimistic that he might not need a skin graft on his right lower leg. He said the skin is loose around that area and it just might collect on it. We are very grateful for the good news and hopefully we can see the light at the end of this long tunnel.”

Parker Byrd’s 13th surgery was a success

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