Industrial painter loses both hands in accident

An accident on the job takes a man's hands and his livelihood. 

Industrial painter Kevin Blackburn was working on a job in Royal Oak when he was critically injured from being shocked.

Blackburn was painting a building surrounded by power lines when the paint wand he was using, slipped and hit a power line. 

"I was stuck, I couldn't say anything, I was just helpless," Kevin said.

His injuries caused him to lose both of his hands. 

When his father got the news, his heart sank.

"He was screaming, 'I'm in pain Dad, help me,'" said Robert DeLozier. "I couldn't do anything."

Kevin is recovering in a hospital burn unit and says the pain from the burns is excruciating.

He wonders what his future will be like, not only for himself but for his wife and two children.

"It's hard, I'm unemployed," said Deanna Blackburn, his wife. "Kevin worked and took care of us. Now, he's not going to be able to."

His family is pleading to the community to give financial help. His family set up a GoFundMe account for Kevin who does not have medical insurance.

"I started a GoFundMe page with the hopes of raising enough money to give him everything he needs, medical attention," said Robert DeLozier, his brother.

Kevin knows the road ahead will have its challenges, he knows he must press forward.

He hopes the community will keep him uplifted as he recovers.

"If you can pray for me, that would be great," he said.

If you would like to help, visit his GoFundMe page here: www.gofundme.com/kevinblackburn
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