Ex-LSU Lineman Matt Branch Loses Leg After Getting Shot By Dog

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Former LSU offensive lineman Matt Branch reportedly had his leg amputated after being shot by a canine whereas duck looking close to Eagle Lake in Mississippi. 

According to Branch’s pal, Micah Heckford, a bunch of buddies had been on an annual duck and deer looking journey in Mississippi on December 28 when the weird incident occurred.

“At roughly 9:40 a.m., David Joe, David, Matt and I had been all standing across the mattress of the (Polaris) Ranger and Matt had laid his gun down flat within the mattress of the Ranger and walked round on the passenger facet to complete loading up,” Heckford mentioned, in keeping with reports. “I used to be on the tailgate not more than four toes away from him.”

That’s when Tito, a Labrador retriever, jumped within the mattress of the truck. The canine had stepped on the protection of Branch’s gun and pulled the set off, sending the 12-gauge shotgun shell by way of the facet of the truck and into Branch’s left thigh.

Ex-LSU Lineman Matt Branch Loses Leg After Getting Shot By Dog

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Per USA Today:

“The gun shot,” Heckford mentioned. “Everybody appeared up. The very first thing I noticed was Matt and inside two to a few seconds he realized he was hit.”

When firefighters arrived they reduce off Branch’s waders and pants. 

“I believe that is when it hit me how severe it was,” Heckford mentioned. “It was at that time limit I noticed how a lot he had bled. His pants had been simply soaked in blood.”

Branch, a three-year participant at LSU from 2009 to 2011, has since had the leg amputated and is predicted to recuperate, although he stays in intensive care, in keeping with Heckford. A GoFundme account has additionally been arrange in Branch’s identify to assist with bills.