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Contractor seriously injured on DeSoto Parish well site speaks out about near death experience

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An oil field contractor who almost lost his life in a blast earlier this year, is opening up about the terrifying experience.

"As a mother, there is nothing like hearing there is something wrong with your child," said Maxanna Stephens, who explained it was mid-January when she received a phone call that broke the news that her youngest son, 25-year-old Caleb Stephens had been seriously hurt on the job in an oil field blast.

Caleb, a husband and father of 2 with another baby on the way, was getting ready to pull plugs out of a well, when the accident happened.

"When the plug gave up, the plug came out and hit me, 98 hundred pounds of pressure came behind it," said Caleb.

"The gas cut him within a 16th inch of his spine, out, it removed it, it's gone," said Terry Stephens, Caleb's father.

Caleb was airlifted to University Health, "It was scary, I didn't know how bad it was because I couldn't see what it had done to me."

For the next few months, his family and friends would worry and wait as he went in and out of 18 surgeries. "I was mainly scared, wondering if he was going to live or not," said Caleb's sister Chasity Roberts.

After 126 days in the hospital, the Elysian Fields community welcomed Caleb back home with a benefit welcome home party.

"At first we were just going to throw a party for everyone to come to, we figured why not make it into a benefit, so the community could come together and help them out," said Chasity Roberts.

At the benefit Saturday afternoon, the family sold everything from raffle tickets to T-shirts, even bracelets Caleb made during his long hospital stay.

The family says the outpouring of support from the community has been incredible. Caleb has made great strides in his recovery, but still has a long road of therapy ahead.

The family has an account is set up at capital one in Elysian Fields, it's called Caleb Stephens Donation Fund.

You can follow Caleb's journey to recovery by clicking here.

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