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Minister severely injured in swimming accident
Published Yesterday | January 2007 , Peer Support | Rating:

By Rob Kirkbride
The Grand Rapids Press
GRAND RAPIDS -- Josh Buck, pastor at Greenhouse Ministries in Grand Rapids, was one hour into a Cancun vacation with his wife and another couple from the church when he decided to go swimming in the ocean.

Lured into the surf by huge, churning waves, Buck porpoised through the water.

Family members believe the 30-year-old struck his head on a submerged rock, broke his neck and nearly drowned.

Now recovering in a Miami hospital, Buck has a 5 percent chance to walk, said his brother-in-law, Jason Grate, who is co-pastor at the Eastown church.

"I whispered in his ear and told him, 'You need to fight, you need to fight, Bucko.' He blinked his eyes and shook his head as if to say, 'You know I will,' " Grate said.

It is not the first tragedy to befall Josh Buck and his wife, Shelly. In 2005, the couple's 3-month-old daughter suffocated when a fan fell from a window on a hot summer day and landed in her crib.

Shelly Buck said the family is "just trying to push through and taking it minute by minute."

Josh Buck's prognosis is unclear. His spinal cord was badly bruised, but not severed. He underwent surgery Friday that fused together several Vertebrae. Doctors say it will be two weeks before they know the long term effects of the injury.