Tribune-Courier News Editor
GILBERTSVILLE – Eddy Hook laughed and smiled Saturday as he spoke with friends, neighbors, family and anyone else coming into the Gilbertsville First Baptist Church’s activity building. It was their support, Hook said, that has carried him through the loss of both his arms.
“If it wasn’t for people doing this, I don’t know where I’d be,” Hook said. “I guess I’d be back home with mom and dad. I just hope one day I can give back.”
Hook, a professional fisherman, was injured in April when his boat crossed a downed electric line hidden by flood waters. He suffered severe burns from the electrocution and, in the months that followed, doctors were forced to amputate both his arms.
On Saturday, the community came together for the Friends and Family benefit, which raised money for the Hook family. Hook and wife Melanie are expecting their first child together, a girl, Nov. 1. Hook also has a 10-year old stepson.
Area businesses helped donate for more than 50 baskets as part of a silent auction. Green Turtle Bay also donated barbeque sold to help raise funds.
The money will help as the Hook family continues to adjust.
“I went from working 10 to 12 hours a day providing for my family to being taken care of like a baby,” Hook said. “But I couldn’t have asked for a better woman. She pretty much healed my arms.”
Hook said after spending 32 days in the hospital following the amputation, doctors released him. With the wounds still open, Melanie had to dress his arms. During his time in the hospital, Hook said his mother and wife alternated spending days at his bedside.
Hook remains hopeful of getting prosthetics which would return some functionality and allow him to hold his daughter.
Approximately two hundred people came together for the benefit and raised a little over $5,000.