Journal entry by Kara Overton

Just received news that Pauls surgery went VERY well tonight! The surgeons were very pleased with everything. Paul’s Surgery is a two part surgery. Tonight they worked on the front side of his neck, and the surgeons were able to fuse the C2 and C3 Vertebrae, and then successfully added a metal plate for stability.

For tomorrow the doctors will finish stabilizing the back of his neck.

The most difficult part of the procedure is complete and successful, and his halo is finally removed!

Thank you to EVERYONE who has been continuously praying for Paul. The power of prayer is a beautiful thing and God is so good. We are SO blessed to have the support and love from God and everybody. We can’t thank him enough for answering our prayers. God has something amazing in store for Paul!

Keep praying for a perfect and full healing of Paul! I will update tomorrow morning after the second part of his surgery.

Thank you and God Bless!!


Journal entry by Kara Overton

Paul’s surgery has been pushed back to 3pm. The doctors are about to begin his preparation. 


Here’s a quick synopsis of everything that is happening:

They will work on his front side of the neck, which includes removing his halo. They will do his back side of the neck hopefully tomorrow or sometime this week!

As you pray, here are some specific requests:

1. That Dr. Schwartzbauer will have the wisdom and that God will guide his hands.

2. That Paul’s healing process will happen in such a way, and at a great pace that doctors will be amazed. 

3. That the procedure that is needed for the front of Paul’s neck and throat is without complications and very successful.
4. That Paul will not experience any issues with his neck and throat, or any significant pain.
5. Continued strength and progression post-surgery.  


We love you all. Thank you!


Journal entry by Kara Overton

Hi everyone!
Paul is scheduled for his neck surgery at 12 o’clock today!

Thank you to everyone who has been praying nonstop for his surgery, and please keep it up! We are very confident that this will be a smooth and successful surgery. I will keep everyone updated later on today.

Thank you and God Bless!

Journal entry by Kara Overton

There are no words to describe how thankful we are for Gods healing and timeline for Paul! God works in mysterious ways, so having this surgery postponed is just more time for Paul to get stronger daily! His body is continuing to heal so the nurses are able to sit Paul in a chair everyday. God knows when Paul is 100% ready for his neck surgery, and we are very thankful for that. We trust God’s plan and are very excited to see what he has in store for him!

As always thank you for your love and prayers.
I will keep everyone updated!

God Bless!

Journal entry by Kara Overton

We were just informed that Paul’s surgery has been set for this Friday. His medical team assured us that he is growing stronger each day, so these two extra days of rest for Paul will be of great benefit for him. As always, thank you for your concern and continued prayers. We will keep you updated!

God bless,

Journal entry by Kara Overton

Referring to my last post about visiting tomorrow. Anyone is more than welcome to come hang out in the waiting room! We will be there all day and we always love the support!

Please keep Paul in your prayers for a successful surgery!

Thank you and God Bless!

Journal entry by Kara Overton

Hi everyone!

Paul is still showing signs of improvement with movement of his legs and feet. Saturday and today they had Paul sitting up right in a wheelchair for a few hours! The nurses said it was an easy transition, which we are very happy about! Tomorrow Paul is still scheduled to have his neck surgery. For visiting hours tomorrow the doctors asked us to have only family for the day.

Thank you again for everyone’s heartfelt prayers, and support. Paul is amazing us every day and we are excited for what God has in store for him. Please keep praying!

Thank you!!

Journal entry by Kara Overton

**IMPORTANT** The doctors are asking please please please everyone if you are feeling at all sick or not 100% yourself please do not come to see Paul! His immune system is extremely fragile right now, and we do not want to risk anything. For now please do not bring your phones back to his room and please refrain from touching him as well. And of course always use the hand sanitizer! We want Paul to get back to his healthy self!

Thank you everyone!

Journal entry by Kara Overton

Hi Everyone!
Since Paul's tracheotomy yesterday, he is recovering beautifully! Visitors are welcome today during the normal visiting hours. He is now scheduled for his neck surgery next Wednesday, and we are very excited!

Please keep praying your heartfelt prayers. God is most definitely answering them!

Thank you and God Bless!

Journal entry by Kara Overton

Paul has been continuously showing improvements everyday. Right now Paul is slowly showing more movement in his face and toes. We are currently praying and waiting for Paul to become stable enough to get an operation on his neck. Paul's amputation on his right arm went beautifully and we are praying that that will be the worst of Paul's injuries.

Please keep praying for Paul's recovery and strength. We will give you another update later in the week. Visiting hours are from 12:00-6:30, then 8:00-10:00. 

Thank you, and God Bless!


Paul’s Story

Site created on August 28, 2018

Dear Family and Friends,

On August 16th, our beloved, Paul Overton was in a horrific motorcycle accident learning how to ride. With traumatic injuries to the arm, neck, and brain, we were told by doctors that Paul had little chance of making it. Without giving up hope Paul was sent to University of Maryland Shock Trauma where he is currently fighting for his life.

Paul is the most selfless, caring, most courageous person we know. Paul  truly has impacted every single person he has ever met. We sincerely believe Paul would not be here without the hope and prayers from everyone.  As we have been repeatedly saying this is the marathon Paul has truly been preparing for. If anybody could beat this, it's Paul. Everyday Paul has shown us signs that he is here listening, and in no way giving up. We believe in the Power of Prayer, and we know God is healing him right now. 

We are starting this page for Paul for updates regarding his conditions, visiting hours, fundraisers, and anything relating to him. Paul is strong and will continue to fight and finish this marathon for life.  We are continuing to thank God everyday for healing our amazing Paul. He is truly already a miracle. We are all #paulstrong and #prostrong for life. Thank you to everyone that has shown love and support, and please continue to pray for Paul's full healing. We know he'll be out of there soon! 

Much Love,
The Overton's