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Nick was severely injured in a car accident on August 3, 2012. Through tremendous love, prayer and God's grace, Nick and his family are experiencing a miracle. Signs of recovery, stories of hope and a sense of peace are emerging. Please join the Collins Family in prayer and support for Nick. In a one car accident on August 3rd, Nicholas was thrown from the back of his friend's car onto the interstate. The friend in the passenger side got out and tried to pull Nicholas to safety, but not before a big box moving truck ran over his pelvis and legs. Through a miraculous string of events, Nicholas was brought to MUSC emergency room, stabilized and has endured many surgeries, blood transfusions and procedures that saved his life. We give all thanks to God for this amazing recovery. News coverage of the accident: http://www.abcnews4.com/story/19232464/former-councilmans-son-in-coma-after-i-526-accident

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Sep 17, 2013 8:04pm

Many people have been asking how Nicholas is doing, and many of you already know because you have see him out! In the past few months Nicholas has bought a house, returned to playing regular music gigs, and taken a few trips with friends. He gets around great in the wheelchair, but now it's time to start working toward the prosthetic.

This is a somewhat lengthy process that begins next Tuesday, the 24th. He will return to the hospital for surgery that will expand the skin in his amputation site. Because the amputation is not in the right shape to support a prosthetic leg, he needs surgery to rebuild the amputation site. Once the skin expanders are in, Nicholas will spend about a week in the hospital. He will then return to the doctor once a week for the next three to four months to receive injections that will fill in the expanded skin. He will have a lot of swelling and need to be off his hip and backside for most of that time.

After three to four months of injections, the doctor will be able to remove the skin expanders and complete the rebuilding of the amputation site. At this time, Nicholas will go for more surgeries to reverse his colostomy and repair his hernia. If you remember, right after the accident the doctors had to open his abdomen because of all the internal swelling. Nicholas has had a mesh covering over this site for the past year. He is very much looking forward to getting this repaired and having the colostomy reversed. These surgeries will require a few months of recovery.

While all of these steps are exciting, they are lengthy and Nicholas is having to stop all of his gigs and prepare to recover at home. He will be out for quite some time and will hopefully get a prosthetic leg in May of next year. He's bummed that he won't be able to play music for most of this time. He will be able to continue to write new music, but its unclear the amount of time he will be able to spend outside of his home for the next six to seven months.

Many of you prayed earnestly with us one year ago when he was fighting for his life. We would love your prayers for perseverance for Nicholas as he faces many months of surgeries, procedures, and recovery.

He has one last gig tomorrow night (Sept 18th), a fundraiser at the Harbor Club from 5pm-8pm. We would love to see all of you there!

As always, thanks for your support. We are so thankful for the support system we have in Charleston and beyond and we couldn't be more blessed by you!

"Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."
Romans 5:3-5



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