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Victim of hunting accident still in critical condition

October 19, 2004

PARKSVILLE - A Parksville man who accidentally shot himself in the chest Saturday during a hunting mishap remains in critical condition today at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.

Melvin Baker, 54, is conscious and talking but remains in critical condition because the shot slightly damaged his left lung, said his daughter, Tammy Baker.

"It just clipped his lung. Almost all of the damage was done to his left shoulder," Tammy Baker said.

"He's talking and everything. He's holding his own. They're just watching his lung."

Melvin Baker had returned home from a deer hunting excursion and was carrying a .50-caliber muzzle loader rifle when he tripped as he entered his house on Baker Lane.

The gun fired as he fell, with the shot entering his chest and exiting his shoulder.

Rescue workers called in a helicopter to transport him to Lexington on Saturday afternoon.



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