Darren Doyle, story:
An innocent ride on an ATV has drastically changed one Brownsville family's Thanksgiving plans after an accident on Saturday, November 17, 2018.
According to family members, Joey Moon hopped on an ATV on Saturday evening as his family and friends had gathered together for a meal. Joey drove the ATV out of sight when a friend, who was on the porch, noticed that the sound of the engine had stopped. Fearing that something was wrong, he headed in the direction of the ATV.
"He took off running towards Joey, caught up to where he was, he saw him laying there and ran back and got me," said Joey's wife, Whitney Moon. "My friend and I took off running out there to him. It was a pretty good piece from their house. He was laid on his back on the edge of the field, it seems he had driven through an electric fence, and the four-wheeler was laid on its top."
Whitney said Joey was unresponsive and the family called 911. Joey was taken by ambulance to the Kyrock Elementary parking lot then air-lifted to University of Louisville Hospital where he is currently in critical condition.
"He has a severe traumatic brain injury, they are talking long term recovery with therapy," said Whitney. "He has several small brain bleeds all over his brain. He is on a ventilator and feeding tube. They are doing stimulation every hour with him to see if he wakes up and responds to commands, etc. He has been off of the sedative since 10:00am yesterday morning. We have had to give him medicine to calm him down, and pain medication to keep him comfortable."
Another family member reached out to the Edmonson Voice and shared their Facebook support page, "Prayers For Joey Moon," where prayers, photos, messages, and donations can be shared. Updates are also available on the page. Several friends and family members discussed that Joey is the single income provider for their household. All the details are available through the Facebook page.
One family member, who wished to remain unnamed, said that while donations are appreciated, they are asking for prayers above all.
Whitney said that Joey has awakened twice this morning on his own and is recognizing and responding to her voice.
"We have had so many reach out to us," she said. "I’m just overwhelmed with the love everyone has shown already. I’m thankful we live in a small town that people actually care."