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Kirby Wilson’s injuries serious but not life threatening

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Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson, who was badly burned in a house fire early this morning, is expected to survive despite suffering serious injuries.

A team source told Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Wilson has burns on 30 to 50 percent of his body, and that his injuries are serious but not life-threatening. Wilson is in a medically induced coma.

Wilson was the only person home when the fire started at about 2:30 a.m. today. A maintenance man for the complex of townhouses where Wilson lives told Patch.com that a stove may have caught fire. Neighbors described Wilson as burned on his arms, legs and the back of his head and wheezing from smoke inhalation.

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  1. karla36 says: Jan 6, 2012 1:34 PM

    Here’s to a speedy recovery, Kirby!!

  2. mathomp3 says: Jan 6, 2012 1:34 PM

    Scary stuff….hope he makes a quick and full recovery.

  3. iambadkid says: Jan 6, 2012 1:35 PM

    wow get well mr. wilson! im already gaining momentum after i found the powerpuff girls house last night and pittsburgh is going to beat denver too

  4. marvsleezy says: Jan 6, 2012 1:35 PM

    “He was real delirious,” said Vanatta. “He didn’t know what was going on. He kept saying, ‘I’m alright. Thank you. Thank you. You could tell he wasn’t alright.”

    Vanatta said Wilson was wearing boxer shorts and had “pretty severe” burns from head to toe.

    “His arms and legs were pitch black,” said neighbor Dave Sebasta.

  5. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Jan 6, 2012 1:36 PM

    Hopefully he will be alright. Best wishes!

  6. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Jan 6, 2012 1:37 PM

    Hoping for a fast recovery Kirby!

  7. bbkld5 says: Jan 6, 2012 1:40 PM

    Respectfully, any medical condition requiring a medically induced coma is a life threatening condition. Plus he is going to spend months struggling with the probability of post-event infection, especially in the lungs (smoke inhalation).

    Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery and the best for his family and support team.

  8. godofwine330 says: Jan 6, 2012 1:42 PM

    Glad to see that he is likely to pull through this, but this injury, or any substancial injury to a person 50 years or older is much harder to come back from than one to a younger person. He is not out of the woods, yet and prayers are still needed. I will continue to pray for you, Coach.

    Football is just a game. This is life.

    Sincerely,
    godofwine330 – Browns fan for 30 years.

  9. medtxpack says: Jan 6, 2012 1:42 PM

    thinking of Steeler Nation….

  10. pftcensorssuck says: Jan 6, 2012 1:44 PM

    Speedy recovery.

  11. tikkanen10 says: Jan 6, 2012 1:45 PM

    How can you say it’s “not a life threatening condition” when he is in a coma, on a ventilator, in a Burn unit ICU. He is still at very high risk of complications, infections, and death. God bless him that he recovers.

  12. Deb says: Jan 6, 2012 1:45 PM

    Thankful to learn no one else was injured in the fire, and that medical personnel expect Kirby to survive. However, it sounds as though his condition is still extremely serious and he will have a long and difficult recovery ahead. Continuing to pray that God will ease his pain and speed his healing.

  13. djbrown0811 says: Jan 6, 2012 1:47 PM

    Hoping for a speedy recovery!

  14. ravensruleandharbaughisgod says: Jan 6, 2012 1:49 PM

    Best wishes for a full and swift recovery from the Raven’s Nation!

  15. nineroutsider says: Jan 6, 2012 1:50 PM

    I worked on cars to pay my way through college and just barely brushing a hot muffler would burn the crap out of me and hurt like heck; I can’t imagine the pain he felt and will feel when he is brought back.

    Awful news and I hope they can minimize the pain. Hoping for the best…

  16. owen16 says: Jan 6, 2012 1:53 PM

    Been waiting to hear injuries are not life threatening. Thanks for the followup.

  17. r8danation says: Jan 6, 2012 1:57 PM

    Here’s a shout out to the dumb-ass morons who put a thumbs down on a speedy recovery post.
    Have a speedy recovery Kirby Wilson!

  18. dickroy says: Jan 6, 2012 1:59 PM

    God be with you Kirby. My prayers go out to you.

    @camwake

    I hope nothing like this never happens to you, especially as sensitive as you are to other peoples tragedies.

  19. sawasta says: Jan 6, 2012 2:01 PM

    If you’re in a medically-induced coma, you have life threatening condition. Burns covering 30-50% of the body are very serious. To put it in perspective, anything over about 15% can be considered life threatening.

    Best wishes for a full recovery. He has a painful road ahead.

  20. broncotis3000 says: Jan 6, 2012 2:05 PM

    Thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Wilson and family…Heres to a speedy recovery!

  21. tommyribs says: Jan 6, 2012 2:06 PM

    Years ago I was a volunteer FireFighter. The first day of FireFighter 1 class the instructor told us if we were going to remember one thing over the upcoming months it was this:

    “If you are in a fire and you get backed into a corner, jump out the window and break both your legs instead of getting burned. You do not want to get burned.”

    That never left me.

    Kirby Wilson – here is one person wishing you as full a recovery as you can make!

  22. pistolsmoke says: Jan 6, 2012 2:09 PM

    Best wishes to Kirby!

  23. dhc1980 says: Jan 6, 2012 2:11 PM

    How can anyone put a “thumbs down” to wishing this man a speedy recovery?? Sickening

  24. caseyanthonymunoz says: Jan 6, 2012 2:13 PM

    It’s a good thing people are wishing him well on an internet messageboard, he probably wouldn’t be able to recover without it. You people are the true heroes.

  25. gingerkid2000 says: Jan 6, 2012 2:14 PM

    How awful! Thank god, for the sake of those who care about this guy that his injuries are not life threatening. But I’m sure he’s in a lot of pain.

    Steelers will win this upcoming game for him.

    Get well soon Kirby! Prays go out to you, your family & your football family.

    - From this Pats Fan

  26. rexismybff says: Jan 6, 2012 2:14 PM

    Thumbs up for a speedy recovery to this poor guy.

    Thumbs down if your life is so completely void of the tiniest speck of worth or value that you wish for opposing players and coaches to die, and you are nothing but a drain on your family, community, and country.

  27. dan55moore says: Jan 6, 2012 2:16 PM

    this is gotta stink espicially with a playoff game on Sunday hopefully some good will come out of this and inspire the steelers oline and issac redman to put. 150 up on the ground and win the game good luck to a steepdy recovery GO STEELERS

  28. texansfan2011 says: Jan 6, 2012 2:17 PM

    I wish you a healthy and full recovery, as I have been burned before. They are very painful and delicate injuries (sp) to treat. May God (not Goodell) be looking over your shoulder and helping you heal…………………..

  29. Bubby Brister says: Jan 6, 2012 2:18 PM

    The people down-thumbing well-wishes and making crass comments are the reason I wake up every morning and hope karma really does exist.

    Get well soon, Coach.

  30. ravenfan820 says: Jan 6, 2012 2:29 PM

    Raven Nation sends along our prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery!!!

  31. ravenmaniacisback says: Jan 6, 2012 2:30 PM

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Kirby. There are no boundaries in fandom when it comes to situations like this. God Bless.

  32. burntorangehorn says: Jan 6, 2012 2:33 PM

    Awful, awful stuff, but it’s terrific that they’re not life-threatening burns. I truly hope the best for Wilson as he recovers and tries to resume a normal life.

  33. nothimagain says: Jan 6, 2012 2:36 PM

    Severe burns to 30-50% of his body means roughly a 50-70% chance of surviving. Right now the biggest threat is probably infection.

    A medical induced coma in the burn ward ICU is no place to be. A speedy recovery is nice in theory, but not practical. Unless you define speedy as being a year or multiple years.

    I don’t pray so thoughts will have to do.

  34. svcfilmguy says: Jan 6, 2012 2:38 PM

    Are we really going to accept the word of a TWEET from a reporter? I don’t know how anyone could. When his attending physician publicly states that it isn’t life-threatening, let me know.

  35. maddog111 says: Jan 6, 2012 2:45 PM

    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Jan 6, 2012 2:13 PM
    It’s a good thing people are wishing him well on an internet messageboard, he probably wouldn’t be able to recover without it. You people are the true heroes.
    ———————————————
    And you’re a true dousche. Why would you feel the need to post a smart-a$$ed comment on this thread?

  36. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 6, 2012 2:57 PM

    This transcends any team loyalties. Good luck on your recovery Kirby !

  37. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 6, 2012 3:08 PM

    Good luck, coach. Burns are worse than almost any kind of injury, and 30% and up is not a joke, and yes that’s enough to be very life threatening if 2nd and 3rd degree. Hope he gets better quick!

  38. ketchupaholic says: Jan 6, 2012 3:25 PM

    Thoughts & Prayers!

  39. fanofbrowns17 says: Jan 6, 2012 3:35 PM

    God bless you coach. I will be praying for you.

  40. svcfilmguy says: Jan 6, 2012 3:36 PM

    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Jan 6, 2012 2:13 PM
    It’s a good thing people are wishing him well on an internet messageboard, he probably wouldn’t be able to recover without it. You people are the true heroes.

    ——————————————–

    I’m no psychologist, but I’d bet a year’s salary that a mental health professional would diagnose your hatred of the Steelers as pathological. I honestly believe you need serious psychotherapy. Your bizarre obsession and hatred of this team is beyond trolling. It’s just sad. I truly pity you.

  41. bostonbias says: Jan 6, 2012 3:40 PM

    This man is in an ICU and a medical coma….can we please have people who are wishing ill on him removed from the site.

  42. mobuccsfan says: Jan 6, 2012 3:40 PM

    rexismybff says: Jan 6, 2012 2:14 PM

    Thumbs up for a speedy recovery to this poor guy.

    Thumbs down if your life is so completely void of the tiniest speck of worth or value that you wish for opposing players and coaches to die, and you are nothing but a drain on your family, community, and country.

    Don’t forget to add a drain on civilization…what is left of it. Disgusting. Yet at the same time, I just helped feed the trolls. That is all it is, nothing more. People that are just too unhappy and miserable with their own lives, and have to result to ignorance and malicious and arrogant comments/acts, to make themselves feel better.

    Hope this guy recovers. I couldn’t imagine being burned that and drowning…ugh. I can’t fathom it. Wishing him and his family well and yes, no prayer here but thoughts be with them.
    -Buccaneers fan

  43. hendawg21 says: Jan 6, 2012 3:59 PM

    Well I see even for serious matters there will always be idiots with stupid responses….

  44. yevrag3535 says: Jan 6, 2012 4:36 PM

    Speedy recovery.

  45. easyeddie says: Jan 6, 2012 4:44 PM

    caseyanthonymunoz says: Jan 6, 2012 2:13 PM

    It’s a good thing people are wishing him well on an internet messageboard, he probably wouldn’t be able to recover without it. You people are the true heroes.
    ———————————–

    Grow up.

  46. earthtopft says: Jan 6, 2012 4:48 PM

    Kirby did his best to flee the flames, but the alcohol fumes oozing from his pores ignited in the hallway.

  47. camwake says: Jan 6, 2012 5:02 PM

    If he comes out and his whole body looks like SEALS face….just put the man out of his misery

    Heres to hoping the Doctors get you a good skin grafh

    Signed,

    Dolphin Nation

  48. bigtimepackfan says: Jan 6, 2012 5:23 PM

    packer nation wishes and prays for a full recovery. get well soon coach, god bless.

  49. Deb says: Jan 6, 2012 5:50 PM

    Moderators, I know you have a difficult job and can’t catch everything. But why censor people for answering smacktalk with good-natured friendly fire while posting these repeated hate jokes about a criticially injured coach? There’s nothing good-natured in camwake’s comments, nothing provoked, nothing insightful, nothing football-related. It’s just a junior-high kid being evil.

    I was censored the other day for repeating the Tombstone line “Well … bye” when it was announced that the Jets would cut Bart Scott. For some reason you found that obscene and offensive, but you aren’t bothered by this jerk? These bizarre double-standards make no sense at all.

  50. earthtopft says: Jan 6, 2012 6:03 PM

    Mothers Against Drunk Cooking will have something to say about this.

  51. earthtopft says: Jan 6, 2012 6:06 PM

    The only things missing from this story are 11 illegal immigrant relatives living in the basement, and a meth lab on the top floor.

  52. edisbetterthantroy says: Jan 6, 2012 6:08 PM

    I sincerely wish a speedy recovery, I really do…

    But let’s not forget all the Steeler fans that made cruel jokes about the death of another 94 San Diego Charger just last month in a PFT article. There were at least a dozen comments, referencing the AFC Championship game in 94 and that God is a Steeler fan.

    Again, best wishes…

  53. Gene Simmons Tongue says: Jan 6, 2012 6:27 PM

    This is terrible news…

    I wish the man and his family a speedy recovery and that there are no setbacks along the way. Since this article does not say, I hope there were no other casualties in this fire. Such a tragedy…

  54. jredshoes says: Jan 6, 2012 6:38 PM

    To say that a 50% burn is not life threatening is plain stupid reporting. The rule of thumb is burn mortality is percentage of burns plus age so if he’s. 40 years old thats roughly 90% mortality. That being said I hope he has a full and complete recovery and gets to ach again

  55. earthtopft says: Jan 6, 2012 6:43 PM

    When notified that the victim was confused, dressed only in boxer shorts, and had “pitch black” arms and legs, Mrs. Wilson broke out sobbing.

    “Oh My God, that’s Kirby, that’s my boy, I know it!”.

  56. dickroy says: Jan 6, 2012 6:47 PM

    camwake and caseyanthony’s comments on here are a disgrace.. I received thumbs down from people on here for stating that my prayers and thoughts were going out to Kirby and his family. I know there are sick people in this world, but its hard reading some of these comments.

  57. earthtopft says: Jan 6, 2012 6:51 PM

    Seriously, I hope the guy makes it through all right.

    Don’t throw in the Terrible Towel, Kirby!

  58. Deb says: Jan 6, 2012 7:11 PM

    edisbetterthantroy says:

    But let’s not forget all the Steeler fans that made cruel jokes about the death of another 94 San Diego Charger just last month in a PFT article. There were at least a dozen comments, referencing the AFC Championship game in 94 and that God is a Steeler fan.

    ————————————————

    I just pulled that article. No, there were not “at least a dozen” such comments. Of 68 comments, there were THREE classless comments from Steelers fans–and many more posts commenting on the classless comments of those THREE self-proclaimed Steelers fans.

    As people did then, you are exaggerating the behavior of three idiots to condemn of a fan base that encompasses millions of people who haven’t said or done anything wrong. What do the classless comments of three idiots in December have to do with you wishing Coach Wilson well? Nothing. You just used this opportunity to take a shot at the Steelers–which makes you no better than the classless jerks you’re condemning. Stop damning Steelers fans for the behavior of a few jerks. You have just as many jerks in your fan base. You are a perfect example.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/12/08/another-member-of-1994-chargers-dies-young/

  59. denverdude7 says: Jan 6, 2012 7:22 PM

    Praying for a full an speedy recovery – Bronco Nation

  60. dickroy says: Jan 6, 2012 7:33 PM

    @Deb

    Good comment above Deb. I know we are one of many good Steeler fans that are praying for Kirby.
    And by the way this may not be the right thing to say on here, but I want you to know that you being a 5 or 7 time cancer surviver, I do pray for you every night also.

    GO STEELERS

  61. Derty Ernie says: Jan 6, 2012 7:57 PM

    Wish him the best and your prayers he will need it.

  62. Deb says: Jan 6, 2012 10:10 PM

    @dickroy …

    I’m a three-time survivor, and the prayers are greatly appreciated.

  63. grannyvi4 says: Jan 7, 2012 1:25 AM

    Prayers from Vikings country for a good recovery. I won’t say “speedy” because that’s just not going to be the case, especially with substantial burns such as this. He’ll get the very best care, but it’s going to be a long and painful road to recovery. and he’ll need everyone’s prayers, along with the help of his family and friends, to get through this — whether it’s via the internet or some other means.

    caseyanthonymunoz: I’ll start out by saying that your moniker says all I need to know about you. I agree with another poster in that you’re obsessive in your hatred and vitriol against the Steelers. What is your deal? There’s nothing wrong with rivalries between teams and their fans, but you take it to another level and beyond. Get some help and get a life.

  64. lovethesteelers says: Jan 7, 2012 10:58 AM

    It’s truly sad that there are people who would post such classless and downright cruel comments regarding this tragedy and choosing the “thumbs down” button for the positive posts. Use any means possible to take a shot at the Steelers and their fans, right? I am a die-hard Steeler fan, but I would NEVER wish ill will on any player or coach from any team. I would offer my thoughts, prayers and support for that player, his family and his fans. Football is just a game, we are talking about someone’s LIFE so please stop with the cheapshots and try to have some class if that’s even possible! Get well Coach Kirby, you and your family are in my thoughts and my prayers….

  65. godzilla111111 says: Jan 8, 2012 4:17 PM

    Get well Coach Kirby.

    See you in two weeks!

    A Ravens Fan

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