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Local 9-year-old Randy Murphy remains in the hospital at the University of Kentucky. His foot was seriously injured Friday when it was reportedly struck by a motorist. Randy’s mother says the community has offered overwhelming support of her son, including Randy’s teacher and fellow parishioners at Bethesda Church.
Local boy recovering after severe foot injury
By Tom Marshall
Senior Advocate writer

The community is rallying around a 9-year-old Mt. Sterling boy whose foot was seriously injured last Friday when it was reportedly struck by a motorist on Clearwater Way.

Randy Murphy, a third-grader at Mapleton Elementary School, was transported to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, where he has undergone two surgeries and more are expected, according to his mother.

Randy’s mother, Marylee Greene, said her son is fortunate that the foot was not broken and the three tendons critical to walking are still intact.
Still, she said, it’s going to take considerable time for him to recover.

“He’s improving, but he’s got a long, long road ahead of him,” the mother said. “Each day he tries to do a little bit more. The surgeries have been successful so far. We’re just praying that everything will go well.”
Greene said she asked her son at one point if he was afraid. “He said, “No, God’s got this. I’m OK.’”

She said the family is making it through with the support of many people, including her fellow parishioners at Bethesda Church and Randy’s teacher, Sammi Hatfield, who has set up a GoFundMe account for them.

Hatfield posted on social media that “I’ve seen the pictures of the damage to this child’s foot. It’s something I never want to witness again. No child should have to suffer so senselessly.”

She added, “Randy’s mother has the only income and, of course, she’s staying around the clock with Randy at the hospital. They need our help to get through this senseless tragedy. Every dime raised here will go to support Randy and his mother. Be a blessing ... please. May God richly bless those who give. Amen.”

Greene thanked Hatfield and everyone else who has prayed or offered help.

“The support I’ve gotten from my community has been outstanding,” she said. “The help we’ve gotten from the community has been awesome. I can’t thank people enough for outreaching to us and helping us financially. The prayers—I feel God has his hand on this. His teacher has been awesome.”

The accident was reported at 4:19 p.m. last Friday.

Murphy was reportedly playing in a neighbor’s yard when the driver of a blue pickup truck swung over into the driveway from the street, striking the child’s foot, Mt. Sterling Police Lt. Terry Johnson said.

Because of his extensive foot injuries the boy was transported on to UK Hospital, Johnson said.

The driver, identified as Justin Hamilton, 29, of Mt. Sterling, was charged with second-degree wanton endangerment, operating on a suspended or revoked license and no registration plates.

He was booked into the Montgomery County Regional Jail and later released.

Police said the wanton endangerment charge was likely filed because of the risk of injury or death to the child.

Hamilton did submit to a blood test to determine if he was under the influence of any intoxicants, police said. Test results are pending.
You can donate for Randy at a www.gofundme.com/randys-journey-to-recover.

As of Tuesday afternoon the fund had already raised $1,135. The goal was to raise $1,500.

Tonia Witt with Big Brothers-Big Sisters encouraged community members to send good vibes for the family and consider making a small donation if possible.

Randy is a “Little” in the program, she posted on social media.
A benefit bike ride to benefit Randy is scheduled for Sept. 22. It will begin at Gateway Cycles. Kickstands up at 11:30. Registration begins at 10 a.m.

All vehicles are welcome to join. Food will be available for sale after the ride. The cost is $15 for single rider and $20 with passenger.

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