Delta, CO – Mike Wilbur, 41, and Henry Parada, 20, both of Delta, are being treated for extensive burns they suffered when a propane furnace exploded in their camper.
The two men were with a hunting party on the Uncompahgre Plateau when the explosion occurred at around 2 a.m. Oct. 22.
A group of hunting buddies transported them to Montrose Memorial Hospital, and from there they were airlifted to the burn unit at the North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley.
Tita Wilbur, Mikes wife and Henrys mother, provided an update on their condition Monday before she headed back to the hospital.
She says the explosion blew Parada from the camper, but Wilbur managed to walk out the front door.
Mike is suffering second and third degree burns to 45 to 50 percent of his body, including both legs, both hands and his face. He has undergone two surgeries and is in critical condition. He is facing several additional surgeries and skin grafts.
Henry has second degree burns on 7 to 10 percent of his body, including his left ankle, both hands and his face. He is in stable condition.
Both men are recovering from inhalation burns, Tita reports. Her visits are restricted and she must wear a gown and mask to maintain the hospitals sterile environment.
Mike is a driller with Patterson UTI, a Grand Junction-based firm which provides services to the oil and gas industry. He has insurance, but Henry does not. Henry, a 2008 graduate of Delta High School, manages the Riverwood Mobile Home Park in Delta.
An account has been established at DeltaBank to help cover medical expenses. A fund raiser is also scheduled at Redeemer Lutheran Church Sunday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m. The church is holding its annual Thanksgiving dinner and pie auction that night, and is planning to donate the proceeds to the two men, both of whom are church members. A freewill offering will also be taken.
The public is invited to attend the church fund raiser, or to stop by any MontroseBank family to make a contribution to the account of Teresita Wilbur, for the benefit of Mike Wilbur and Henry Parada.