Father prays for miracle for his son

SALEM, AL (WTVM) - An east Alabama father and his family are praying for a miracle. Their 17-year old son was thrown from a four-wheeler after hitting a deer and is in critical condition at the Columbus Medical Center.

"The only thing my family needs is your prayers, we don't need anything, just prayers I need everybody to get together and pray for Justin," said his father, David Stokes.

David Stokes is in agony, watching his youngest son struggle to survive at Columbus Medical Center.

"He's a volunteer firemen for Salem, he would do anything he could to help anybody," said the elder Stokes.

Tuesday, Justin and his girlfriend, seen here at prom, were riding his four wheeler on Lee Rd 252 when Troopers say they collided with two deer and thrown from the ATV. Neither had on a helmet.

"Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this collision it's a situation where the ATV and a deer were in the same place at the same time and that doesn't mix, and without they safety helmets or riding gear it just made it worse," said Alabama State Trooper, said Captain Tim Pullin.

Justin was airlifted to the ER with a life threatening brain injury. His girlfriend is going to be okay.

David said the swelling of his son's brain is critical, doctors have performed multiple surgeries to ease the pressure. The teens remains in a medically induced coma, but there is brain activity.

"I just ask everybody to pray for him just help Justin, everybody pull together and pray for him," asked Stokes.

Justin's family says along with your prayers, they are asking everyone who rides a four wheeler to wear a helmet. We will keep you updated on Justin's condition.