Update on Liam Dunn, third passenger in deadly WBR wreck

UPDATE (1/12/23): Liam’s mother tells Unfiltered with Kiran that he successfully had surgery today on his wrist and leg. It was his first surgery since the wreck on New Year’s Eve.

“The surgery went perfect,” said Liam Dunn’s mother Erin Martin.

He is still recovering. He will remain on a vent for at least another day or longer if needed. His mom said Liam does not appear to be in too much pain right now. The family is beyond thankful for all the public’s prayers.

Tomorrow, Jan. 13th will be services for Liam’s sister Maggie Dunn. It is open to the public.

ORIGINAL (1/11/23): It’s been 12 days since the Dunn/Martin families lives changed with the loss of Maggie Dunn, 17, and her older brother Liam Dunn, 20, still in the ICU.

Liam’s mother Erin Martin said 12 days later, her son is finally strong enough to possibly take on surgery soon.

“When we got here, we thought it would be last Monday, but his body has to be strong to endure that surgery and right now, he still has a good bit of bruising on his lungs. Thankfully, his lungs were not punctured like we initially thought,” said Martin.

Martin said since arriving at a Baton Rouge hospital, it’s been baby steps with some days moving forward two steps, but one step backwards. However, in the end, she said it’s still moving forward slowly, but surely.

“I have learned in the ICU to celebrate good days but to always be cautiously optimistic. I was told only bad things happen fast in the ICU. He’s making very slow progress but still trending positive.”

As of now, Liam is still not aware his sister and her best friend Caroline Gill did not survive the crash on New Year’s Eve on La 1 when Addis Police Officer David Cauthron t-boned their car. Cauthron was arrested and charged with two counts of negligent homicide. He bonded out on Jan. 8th on a $100,000 bond.

Maggie’s funeral has been scheduled for later this week but it’s still questionable if Liam will be able to attend.

The family says they’re beyond thankful for all the people who have donated blood in Liam’s honor to go to not just Liam, but anyone who needs it.

“The Lake told us on any given day, they may have about 30 or so donations. Last Tuesday, they had over 400 donations just in Liam’s name. She said that’s the most she’s ever seen in a single day,” said Martin. “To me, that means that people actually care and they’re looking for ways to help but it also means, because of my son, 400 or so other people will be helped. That’s just one way we can make something positive come out of something so awful.”

You can continue donating blood and eating at various restaurants in West Baton Rouge where a portion of the proceeds will be going to the Dunn/Martin & Gill families.

You can also now make financial contributions to help the families.

Separate accounts have been opened for Caroline, Maggie and Liam at Essential Federal Credit Union. People can donate cash or checks to any Essential FCU branch under the following accounts and all checks and money orders must be made out to the below:

  • Benefitting Caroline Grace Gill
  • Benefitting Maggie Dunn
  • Benefitting Liam Dunn

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