Triad teen severely injured in rodeo competition getting prayers, support

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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. -- Prayers continue to pour out for a young bull rider injured during a rodeo on Saturday.

Wesley Fishel, 16, is at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and is in critical but stable condition, according to his family.

Fishel, a junior at South Stokes High School, fell off a bull Saturday at the NC High School Rodeo Association Multi-State Rodeo. He was wearing all the necessary safety gear including a helmet and protective vest.

“He was riding and he came off his bull and just got under him and the bull came down on him and stepped on his chest,” explained his father, Neil Fishel.

Wesley was rushed to the hospital after EMTs at the rodeo performed CPR for 12 minutes until an ambulance arrived.

Fishel had surgery Monday and his father says he is doing much better than even doctors expected.

“Checked his lungs, his heart, doctors could not believe his improvements since Saturday. Found things a lot better than they thought they would and they were clearly amazed at how fast he's recovering,” Fishel said.

Fishel says the prayers and support of their community are keeping them going, and are helping Wesley recover.

“My explanation is the power of prayer, kids at the high school, the rodeo family, our cattle showing family, the church family, the outpouring of prayer support we've had from all over the country and parts of the world,” Fishel said.

Fishel says while his son is doing better, he still has a long way to go and will likely spend several weeks in the hospital recovering.

The family said several of his friends gathered at the hospital to support him. Classmates also came together outside South Stokes High School Monday morning to pray for his recovery.

Students at Walkertown High School are planning a prayer vigil for 8:30 on Tuesday morning. Wesley transferred from Walkertown to South Stokes last year.

The family requests that anyone looking to learn updates on Wesley's condition follow the "PrayersFor Wesley" Facebook page.