Wyandotte Boy Struck by Train Makes It Through Surgery

High school freshman Jacob Marion remains in critical condition at Children's Hospital of Michigan.

Jacob Marion, the 14-year-old student hit by a train on Tuesday, successfully underwent surgery Friday morning.

In a statement released by his family, they say he is "not out of the woods," but that they "are hopeful that Jacob will make a full recovery."

The teen, who has been comatose since the accident, remains in critical condition at Children's Hospital of Michigan. According to his family, he has suffered severe head trauma, two broken vertebrae in his neck, a punctured lung, a lacerated liver, a fractured pelvis and the loss of his right hand.

Jacob was struck and dragged by a train near Oak and Ninth streets about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. According to police, while wearing an iPod and headphones when the train hit him. The train's engineer blew a whistle several times, but it's believed the teen never even heard it.

Here is the full statement from his family:

Our family would like to thank everyone again for all their love, support, and prayers. Jacob was operated on this morning and the surgery went as planned. He is currently recovering after having the halo affixed to his skull, his liver repaired, and his right hand cleanly amputated below the elbow. He is still not out of the woods as doctors are still monitoring the swelling and bleeding in Jacob’s brain.

With friends support, our family’s love, and everyone’s prayers, we are hopeful that Jacob will make a full recovery. We have crossed another bridge moving towards that goal. Jacob still needs your prayers as we await his next milestone; Waking up for the first time since the accident.

Our friends and neighbors have come together and many have collected donations and are holding fundraisers to help support our family and offset medical costs. We are truly humbled by everyone’s generosity and plans are underway to set up a fund to accept donations for Jacob at a local bank. We feel blessed to live here in Wyandotte, and have all of you in his corner!

Susan Sapienza March 02, 2012 at 10:51 PM
God bless you all!! I've been praying for a miracle, and I now see that Jacob IS the miracle! He's fighting for his life like a true warrior! Keep fighting Jacob! We're all pulling for you!
LINDA GROFF March 03, 2012 at 04:04 AM
I live all the way in Pennsylvania and a wonderful friend of mine saw the article about your son and sent it to me and I have posted it on my wall for all my FRIENDS AND FAMILY to see so WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU IN PA JACOB & YOUR FAMILY "HANG IN THERE" GOD BLESS THANKS TIF UR A GREAT PERSON!!!!
p weden March 03, 2012 at 11:51 AM
I too am praying for this young man. I live very near where this accident happened. My question is, why is a IPod so loud someone can't hear a train whistle ? That is it self is a huge problem.
Megan Maiani March 03, 2012 at 12:38 PM
P weden...at this time we should not be questioning why, if, ands, or buts. We need to support this family and pray that full recovery happens. We shouldnt question why Jacob was on the tracks or had an ipod in, we should just hope for the best outcome.
Jeremy Gyorke March 03, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Patch, can you let us know when bank account for family is open?
Emalie Shifflett March 03, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Our parish cluster does a soup and salad fundraiser for local charities during lent and we want to donate our funds from last night to Jacob and his family. Please let me know when you have set up the bank account we can donate to. God Bless our prayers are with Jacob and his family.
Jason Alley (Editor) March 03, 2012 at 03:54 PM
We'll be glad to just as soon as the family shares that information with us. Thanks for asking.
Jason Alley (Editor) March 03, 2012 at 03:55 PM
That's great, Emalie. I'll be sure to get that information to you just as soon as we know it. Thanks.
Mary Washko March 03, 2012 at 04:12 PM
I'm out of town now but, count me in helping in any fundraiser anytime. I'm praying for Jacob and his family and would love to give him a big hug when I get home!!!!!
Kay Hendershot March 03, 2012 at 05:57 PM
We are currently working very hard on establishing a trust fund for Jacob. Unfortunately, there is a lot of legal red tape we must conquer and this takes time. In the meantime, your donations can be sent to his aunt who is establishing this fund. Please make your check out to her, Charlene Gilden 2447 8th St. Wyandotte, 48192
Kay Hendershot March 03, 2012 at 05:58 PM
We are currently working very hard on establishing a trust fund for Jacob. Unfortunately, there is a lot of legal red tape we must conquer and this takes time. In the meantime, your donations can be sent to his aunt who is establishing this fund. Please make your check out to her, Charlene Gilden 2447 8th St. Wyandotte, 48192
Kay Hendershot March 03, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Our deepest thanks to you and your caring friend! We greatly appreciate all the positive energy and prayers you are sending from Pennsylvania, keep 'em coming!
Samantha Beattie March 03, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Where can I get a 'Team Jacob' shirt?
Jason Alley (Editor) March 03, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Hey, Samantha. The shirts are for sale for $10 at The Trading Post, the student store inside Roosevelt High School.
Libby March 03, 2012 at 09:08 PM
God bless his heart and family!! <3 we love you jacob!!:)
Jessica March 04, 2012 at 01:03 AM
I stand with you in agreement for Jacobs full recovery! May God heal Jacobs body, may He give the doctors and nurses wisdom and comfort and strengthen all those who love Jacob!! Until he opens his little eyes I pray Jacob has dreams from the God who created and loves him. In Jesus name Amen
Melinda Borden March 04, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Noreen DeCuir March 04, 2012 at 03:44 AM
We are saddened to know of the sorrow and pain that this youth and his family is going through. Our continued thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the future. May the light of our lord surround all of you. Love, Noreen and Anthony DeCuir
debora mattie March 04, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Amen cause all he needs now are prayers, Jacob is a friend of my daughter and it has hit her hard to see her classmate suffer i believe with all the prayers and faith he will pull through
amanda March 04, 2012 at 11:57 PM
My family is praying for your family. Ever since I heard about that accident i havent stopped thinking about your family. In august 2009 my 21 year old brother named jake was hit by an amtrack in ypsilanti. He was also wearing ipod headphones walking along the tracks and was killed. My family and i would like to maybe get together and talk about things we could do to let kids and adults know how serious it is to not walk on railroad tracks. im continuing to pray for your family and if you would like to contact our family you can email me at alyssa_k_09@yahoo.com God bless you all hope to hear from you.. amanda yates
Tracy Fletcher March 05, 2012 at 05:16 AM
I am praying for the fast recovery for you Jacob. Just keep fighting you are strong and you have alot of people who care about you. I agree with everyone, I am so proud to live in the city of Wyandotte, the high school kids did a fundraiser for Jacob at all the lunches on Friday and I pick up two students every morning and they all said that they took money out of thier banks to give to Jacob. It is great to see that the kids are being strong for one another and are showing alot of love and support for Jacob. God bless Jacob and his family.
Deeann Lombard March 05, 2012 at 01:12 PM
My family is also praying for Jacob. My son is in 2nd hr with him. We are all on Team Jacob. God bless you, stay strong you will get through this!!!!
Charla Phillips March 06, 2012 at 12:37 AM
We are praying for Jacob. My granddaughter is friends with him and very upset over this tragic accident. I know this is going to be a long slow recovery for Jacob and his family, but at least he is still alive. Our neighbors daughter was killed around this time last year when she was hit by a train out here in Huron Township.This has brought up some really painful memories. I have already bought a couple of the Team Jacob shirts and tickets for the fund raiser that was at the speedboat bar & grill last Sunday. Please keep me informed of any other fundraisers for Jacob so we can continue to support him!!!! I would also like to help out in anyway,I bake and do cake decorating, do numbeous types of crafts that I sale to public via craft shows, that I would be willing to donate to help raise money for Jacob and his family. God bless him.
Jason Alley (Editor) March 06, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Hi, Charla. Just to be clear, the fundraiser originally planned for Speedboat is now taking place at Pier 500. That fundraiser is this upcoming Sunday. Here is the link to the story where we will list all of the fundraisers for Jacob: http://patch.com/A-rtxl
Shirley Howard March 08, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Jessica, I too stand in agreement and I pray Jacob has dreams from the God who created and loves him, Jacob has a great name from a man of great faith and I know that our Father God is answering our prayers RIGHT NOW. Your prayer was calming.
Emma rejoin April 11, 2013 at 11:03 AM
I'm so sorry about Jason to any of his friends and family
Emma Lovelight April 11, 2013 at 11:07 AM
wishes to all who cherish him :)
Emma Lovelight April 11, 2013 at 11:08 AM
The comment before last i posted that as well but it changed my name I'm confused
Emma Lovelight April 11, 2013 at 11:16 AM
I'm praying for my boyfriend James survival he fainted and was on the floor for nearly 2 hours awake and unable to stand up!
Emma Lovelight April 11, 2013 at 11:17 AM
He's very ill and I'm worried sick


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