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Shocked PPT worker remains in critical condition, family asking for prayers, blood donations

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Nathan Johnson, 24 (Source: Facebook/Praying for Nathan Johnson) Nathan Johnson, 24 (Source: Facebook/Praying for Nathan Johnson)
Police on the scene say Johnson was operating a crane while the crew was pouring a concrete retaining wall. Police on the scene say Johnson was operating a crane while the crew was pouring a concrete retaining wall.
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

A young construction worker who was severely shocked Monday while on the job in Shreveport is still listed in critical condition, and his family is reaching out for help and asking for prayers.

The man, 24-year-old Nathan Johnson, is an employee of PPT, Inc. He's being treated in the ICU at University Health Shreveport.

Johnson's uncle, Damon Johnson, has created a Facebook group in support of his nephew. He stated in a post that Nathan has needed a lot of blood, and they are asking for blood donations to be made in his name, if only to replenish the local supply.

Donations can be made at LifeShare on Linwood Avenue in Shreveport and the Doctors Drive location in Bossier City.

According to the latest post on the Facebook group page, doctors will begin he process of warming Johnson's body back to its normal temperature and reducing his sedated state around 5 p.m. Friday. It is at that time that his family is especially asking for prayers.

Nathan's saga began around 11:30 a.m. as a PPT work crew was pouring a concrete retaining wall. He was holding on to the hose connected to a concrete pump truck directing the flow of the concrete, when the boom of the truck hit a high-voltage power line.

When firefighters arrived at the scene near the intersection of E. 70th Street and Querbes Drive, Nathan had no pulse and wasn't breathing. His heart began to beat again en route to the hospital.

It left him suffering from what police called "severe electrical shock."

An employee described PPT as a construction company.

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