ADA - It’s difficult to predict the future from one day to the next, even with careful planning. However, no one could have predicted that the lives of Michael and Rebecca Fleming would change so drastically minutes after going to sleep in the comfort of their bedroom. In the early morning hours Thursday, May 18, the Flemings were asleep at their home just off the north end Country Club Road when a drunken driver failed to stop at a posted stop sign and drove his pickup full force through the front of their home crashing through the east side wall.

Michael Fleming has been fighting for his life since that night. He was flown to the Oklahoma University Trauma Center where he is being treated for multiple life threatening injuries and was on life support, his condition serious. Michael’s shoulder was crushed and discs were torn in his back among other chest injuries. He had surgery last week to repair some of the damage to his arm. He is not intubated now.

Rebecca, “Becky,” his wife was treated at Valley View Regional Hospital and was released the next day with a concussion and bruising. She was the one able to make that critical phone call for help, starting with her brother-in-law Jerry around 2:15 a.m. Then Jerry placed the call to 911 and was there in minutes as the sheriff’s department and EMS workers went to work. After Michael and Becky were transported to the medical facilities, someone discovered their dog T-bone under the debris, unharmed.

Jerry called Michael’s and Becky’s sons. Wesley Fleming, president of the Union Pacific Railroad, San Antonio, Texas, flew directly to the OU Trauma Center in Oklahoma City. Phillip Fleming drove the nine-hour trip from Mexico where he lives. Jerry has supported his brother and sister-in-law through this ordeal and is hoping to rally the community to support Michael and Becky. Becky has been on leave from her job with IRT in Ada, so she could be with her husband.

There is a fund set up through Vision Bank in Ada, to help the family in this time of great need. Shortly before this life-changing tragedy happened Michael lost his job at Flex-n-Gate. The family is hoping for help with hospital bills and medical expenses incurred. For those that would like to donate, any contribution would be greatly appreciated. For more information, phone 1-888-332-5132.

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