Clinton firefighter 'fighting for his life'

Cain, 23, in worse shape than previously portrayed, father says

CLINTON, Iowa – The father of Clinton firefighter Adam Cain said his son is in a fight for his life as he battles lung injuries he suffered in the deadly explosion at the Archer Daniels Midland plant that took the life of Clinton Fire Lt. Eric Hosette on Jan. 5.

Kevin Cain, in a news release issued by the city, said the first release about his son’s condition may have led people 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,” his father said. “Yes, he was off the ventilator for 12 hours. However, the type injuries he has to his lungs do not ‘blossom’ until 2 to 3 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.”

The 23-year-old has times of good rest, times of restlessness, and times of hard struggles that are very scary, his dad said.

“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.”

The family is doing its best to function, and has asked the community for prayers as his son recovers, he said.

“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.

Hosette’s funeral was Saturday.

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