I, Natalie Reddell (Schuyler’s mama), am writing on behalf of Tyler Wentz’s family. His mama, Michelle, will likely post from here on out, but I wanted to update family and friends who are concerned about Tyler. He is in stable condition and on his road to recovery, but it has been a trying 24 hours.
Our family had the pleasure of taking Tyler with us on vacation to Bald Head Island, NC. After lunch on Thursday, Schuyler, Tyler and my dad went body surfing in the ocean. Schuyler and Dad caught a wave and rode into the beach. They got up and could not find Tyler. Schuyler spotted him floating face-down out past the waves. He and my dad swam out and carried him back to the beach where they performed CPR. Tyler was then air-lifted to the hospital in Wilmington, NC. He is in the Intensive Care Unit and is unconscious, but has been stabilized. We may never know exactly what happened, but it is likely that he was hit by a wave and ingested lots of salt water. The greatest damage was to Tyler’s lungs. He will likely be unconscious for a couple of days. He is on a machine that is doing the work for his lungs to give him time to heal. It is not yet clear how long Tyler will be in Wilmington, but we do know his road to recovery will be a long one. Tyler’s family is grateful beyond words for all of the love and prayers. Trey, Michelle, Tyler and Emily are so amazing and are remaining strong in the midst of this hardship. God’s Grace has been present through the whole ordeal, so please continue to pray for the Wentz family, Tyler and the medical staff who are caring for him. The family will be reading any messages and support you can send through this Caring Bridge site and they will be updating the site as information becomes available. Please join us in supporting and pulling for TEAM TYLER!