PDT Staff Writer
Friday morning, Shane Conley was attempting to put on a brave front as he prepared for his second surgery in two days after losing his arm the day before as the result of an industrial accident on the job at Tow Path Ready-Mix in Lucasville.
Conley was critically injured when he caught his hand in a conveyor belt. In Friday’s story in the Daily Times, Conley had been listed as being 45. In reality, he is 27. But that discrepancy actually brought a smile to his face.
“I talked to him this (Friday) morning. He called me and I said, ‘I wanted to tell you that you were in the newspaper and you were 45,’” his sister Shannon Conley said. “He thought it was so funny. You made him smile today.”
Conley underwent drastic surgery Thursday at Riverside Hospital in Columbus, losing his arm as a part of the process. He was back in surgery Friday morning, but not before he communicated with family and friends.
“He called me first thing this morning,” Joe Conley, his friend of 18 years, said. “Right before he went into surgery he called me. They had to go back in. He’s under surgery right now getting the skin grafts and stuff done. They ripped all the muscles, and they have to re-do all of it.”
Joe Conley said the two work together, and live next to each other and have been best friends through those years. He put the situation in perspective as he thought about his friend.
“He’s still alive and he can still see his kids grow up. So that’s the main thing,” Joe Conley said.
Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 232, or at firstname.lastname@example.org