ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Suffering third-degree burns over 80 percent of his body, Alaska Baptist evangelism and church growth director Jimmy Stewart is hospitalized and grateful for prayers after being injured in a gas leak explosion at his Alaska cabin.
Stewart underwent his fourth surgery Aug. 3 — one of many anticipated in a hospitalization of at least six months followed by convalescence and a lengthy rehabilitation, according to the Alaska Baptist Convention (ABC).
Nearly two weeks after the July 23 explosion that Stewart bore the brunt of as he searched for a gas leak in a crawl space underneath the cabin, he is talking, able to walk and in good spirits, the ABC said Aug. 2. He was temporarily blinded by the accident, but some vision had returned to one eye and is expected to return to the other, the ABC said.
“The family reports Jimmy is up, sitting on a chair in his room, and walking some. He is talking and wants to know what has been happening while he was sedated,” the ABC said in its daily update on Stewart’s condition.
“He is receiving his first solid food since the accident. … His condition is still critical, so prayer is vital.”