CLINTON — The father of Clinton firefighter Adam Cain is asking for prayers as his son battles lung injuries sustained in the explosion that took the life of Clinton Fire Lt. Eric Hosette on Jan. 5.
Kevin Cain, in a press release issued by the city of Clinton today, says that the first press release about his son's condition may have led everyone to believe that Adam was about to walk out of the hospital within the next few days.
"That could not be farther from the truth," Kevin Cain wrote. "Yes, he was off the ventilator for 12 hours. However, the type injuries he has to his lungs do not 'blossom' until two to three days post-injury. The lining of the lungs swell and weep fluids much like external injuries. They will be in this condition for multiple weeks.
"With that, comes time when Adam is in his most critical condition and has to fight the hardest. Even the family visiting him can stress him. The doctors are doing everything they can to try and help him."
Kevin Cain said 23-year-old Adam has times of good rest, times of restlessness, and times of hard struggles that are very scary.
"I do not have enough space to give all details but I wanted to give you a general understanding of his status. He is literally fighting for his life now."
He said the family is doing its best to function.
"Unless you have traveled this journey there is no way you would understand," he said. "The reason I am reaching out and sharing is because Adam needs help. I am begging each and every one of you to continue to pray, share what I have shared with you to everyone you know about Adam and ask they continue to pray also. My son needs them.”
Adam remains hospitalized at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, where he was transported after the Jan. 5 explosion at Clinton's Archer Daniels Midland plant.