Injured Georgia vineyard owner gets help harvesting his grapes — from his nurses

The nurses treating a burn victim from Paulding County volunteered to pick more than 60 gallons of muscadine grapes.
The nurses treating a burn victim from Paulding County volunteered to pick more than 60 gallons of muscadine grapes.

When a serious injury rendered a vineyard owner unable to tend to his grapes during harvest season, the nurses treating him stepped in to help, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Carolyn Walker told Channel 2 one of her husband’s greatest loves is his Paulding County vineyard.

“It’s been his passion for years,” she said. “He’s done it since the ’60s.”

Jack Walker was seriously injured in an accident at the building where he bottles his wine.
Jack Walker was seriously injured in an accident at the building where he bottles his wine.

Jack Walker grows muscadine grapes and ferments them into wine. In July, he was seriously injured in an accident at the building where he bottles his wine.

“He went to light the range,” his wife told Channel 2, “and when it clicked — you know how a gas range clicks — it blew.”

Jack Walker suffered burns over 40% of his body and has been at WellStar Cobb Hospital since the incident, his wife told Channel 2.

He’s recovering, but she said his absence endangered his vineyard. The grapes were in danger of dying on the vine if they weren’t harvested, she said.

The grapes were in danger of dying on the vine if they weren’t harvested.
The grapes were in danger of dying on the vine if they weren’t harvested.

So the nurses treating Walker decided to lend a hand.

“Miss Carolyn has kind of become our adopted grandma,” burn unit nurse Carley Burleson told Channel 2.

The women picked more than 60 gallons of muscadine grapes, Channel 2 reported.

“There's no words,” Carolyn Walker said. “I tell them every time I see them how grateful I am for what they did and how thoughtful they are.”

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