On Aug. 13, Gardnerville resident Margarito Meza was severely injured while working as a lineman for Comcast Cable Company in Santa Clara, Calif.
Electricity entered the 48-year-old's back and exited from his left hand, leaving burns on his neck and face.
"He's stable. He's doing as well as can be expected," friend Lucia Gray said. "They have him on a lot of pain medication."
Meza is in the burn unit in Santa Clara Medical Center, where he is expected to stay for at least two months.
"They have to assess where the damage is, and if the tissue will regenerate or not," Gray said. "As new tissue grows they remove the damaged tissue. It's done on a daily basis."
On Aug. 28, Margarito had a major surgery on his shoulder.
"He came through the surgery very well," friend Shannon Roberson said. "There were no complications during the procedure, so the operating staff was very pleased."
He has more surgeries coming up, but they will be far less complicated than this one. He will continue to be heavily medicated for the pain.
"Please pray for Margarito, Eddy and their children as they continue on this journey," Roberson said.
His wife, Edelmira (Eddy), is staying in an hotel near the hospital. Her employer, Carson Tahoe Hospital, has agreed to hold her job for six months while Margarito recovers.
The Meza's have four children, Edna, a senior at UNR, Rocio and Carla at Douglas High and Josh at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School.
The three younger children stay with Roberson in Gardnerville during the week, and are taken to Santa Clara on the weekends to see their parents.
"They are a really nice family, both he and his wife are hardworking," Gray said. "They are very honest and grateful to be here. They are very proud to be Americans."
An account at Greater Nevada Credit Union has been opened for donations.
The Carson Valley Inn has donated space for a fundraiser lasagna dinner and silent auction 6 p.m. Saturday.
Friends from the high school and children's sports teams have donated food and time to help with the fundraiser, and Douglas-Alpine Thrivent is also sponsoring the event.-
Tickets are $10 per person and $40 for a family of five.
Organizers are accepting silent auction items.
"We're looking for anything that has value that we can auction," Gray said. "We're open to anything and everything."
To donate, contact Cynthia Darling at email@example.com or 267-0552 or Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org or 790-0099. A Caring Bridge site for Margarito is http://www. caringbridge.org/visit/margaritomeza.
Donations are being accepted under the name Edelmira Meza at Greater Nevada Credit Union account number 827129.
IF YOU GO
What: Margarito Meza fundraiser
When: 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Carson Valley Inn
Cost: $10 per person, $40 for family of five
Info: 790-0099 or 267-0552.