On Tuesday afternoon, nine-year-old Luke Siegel, son of former Texas Tech men's tennis coach and current Lubbock Cooper Pirate head tennis coach Tim Siegel, was involved in a golf cart accident in Lubbock, Texas that resulted in severe head trauma.
The avid sports fan, baseball player and New Orleans Saints' fanatic was rushed to the hospital where he went into cardiac arrest upon arrival. Luke is a fighter - he knows no different - and has continued to show that over the last 48 hours.
Doctors are optimistic the Cooper Pirate will return home but not without quite the road to recovery with brain damage, a collapsed lung and complications with his left eye due to the golf cart rolling on top of him causing several skull fractures and brain swelling. It is a waiting game as doctors continue to evaluate the extent of the brain damage and the next several hours will be key for the entire Siegel family, friends and loved ones.
Alongside Luke, Coach Siegel, his wife Jenny and daughters Alex, Kate and Ellie are six of the biggest staples in the Lubbock community. Whether it's a Lady Raider Basketball game, dropping in on a Texas Tech Soccer practice, endless tennis at The Falls or a Lubbock Cooper/Idalou matchup on a Friday night - their smiles, welcoming arms and great hearts have touched so many lives throughout West Texas... It is because of this, the pediatric ICU waiting room full of people has extended down the hallways of University Medical Center day in and day out as Luke continues his fight following Tuesday's accident. I've never been more in awe of the love West Texas people share than I have been this week.
The good Lord is the ultimate provider and there is no better doctor than Him, without question the Red Raiders' biggest fan is in the best hands possible around the clock. However, for all of us looking to lend a helping hand in any way we can for truly one of the most beloved families in Lubbock as medical expenses mount throughout Tim and Jenny's journey to bring Luke home - please donate however much you are led to leave.
Most of all, PRAY. PRAY. PRAY. All of your prayers are felt so much every second, every minute of every hour as doctors work to heal sweet Luke while God brings comfort not only to Luke but to Tim, Jenny and the girls as well.