A city of Yuma employee seriously injured this week when a large cactus fell on him came through surgery Thursday and is expected to make a full recovery, his wife reported Friday.
William “Billy” Mason suffered multiple injuries, including a broken back, and has been in intensive care at Yuma Regional Medical Center since the accident Tuesday.
He underwent surgery on his back at about 5 p.m. Thursday and returned from the operating room around 11 p.m., his wife, Felisha, reported.
The surgery went well, she said in an email. “Spinal surgeon expects full recovery and expected no nerve damage.”
Felisha Mason added that the YRMC staff “have been phenomenal, we are very blessed to have the ... best team of doctors, nurses and RTs.”
She also expressed her thanks “to all the wonderful family and friends for the prayers; a special thank you to Billy's coworkers and the city for being so supportive and my awesome coworkers! I am very proud of the community support and thankful for prayers.”
Mason, a water distribution technician with the city's Utilities Department, had responded to an emergency water leak early Tuesday morning in the Del Oro Estates subdivision. While he was working with a crew on the leak, a 16-foot saguaro from a nearby property fell on him.
After being freed, Mason was transported to YRMC for treatment of multiple injuries.
“Members of city staff remain in contact with Mason's family out of concern and to assist where needed,” Dave Nash, city spokesman, said Friday morning.
The Masons had moved several months ago from Arkansas to Yuma, where Felisha Mason has a contract to work at YRMC.
The largest cactus in the United States, saguaros weigh between 3,200 pounds and 4,800 pounds despite having roots that are generally only four to six inches deep, anchored by a larger, single tap root.
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