In the summer of 1999 the Bowers were a self described “successful, middle class, loving family” living in southeast Texas, near Beaumont, where David was an assistant plant manager at an air separation facility and Carly was a stay-at-home mom who worked part-time as a church youth director. Daughter Samantha was nearly 9 years old and son Nathan was 2. The family was looking forward to a possible job transfer for David that would send them to Indiana, closer to much of their extended family.
Suddenly Life Changes
Then on August 20, life for the Bowers family changed. While 31-year-old David was at work, a high pressure oxygen pipe ruptured and engulfed him in a flash fire with temperatures up to 5000 degrees. Carly recalls, “Nathan was down for his afternoon nap and I was working on a lesson for our youth group. The phone rang. It was a phone call that all of us dread getting. It was a nurse from our local hospital that told me my husband had just been in a serious accident at work and I needed to get to the hospital as soon as I could. My ‘perfect’ little world started to crumble out from underneath me.”
The prognosis for David was grim. Based on a standard calculation that took into account his age and extent of burn, the chances that he would not survive exceeded 100%. But when the doctor delivered that news, David suggested that she “get busy” because he was going to “beat the odds.”
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