Teen home from hospital after ‘pumpkin chuckin’ accident

He’s home for the holidays. But it wasn’t too long ago that Jacob Stevens couldn’t breathe on his own because of a freak accident at a church event.

“Waking up in the hospital was kind of disorienting,” Stevens, 16, told Channel 2 Action News.

He had no idea how he got there.

Stevens learned later that on Halloween, he was participating in a “pumpkin chuckin” event at his church, Cornerstone Assembly.

Using a slingshot-type device, he launched the pumpkin, or so he thought. Instead, it came flying backward and hit him in the chest. The impact fractured Stevens’ sternum and collapsed both lungs.

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He was in a hospital for 12 days. There was a chance he would not survive, doctors told his parents.

Then his loved ones started praying, and workers at his hospital joined their prayer circle.


When Stevens left the hospital, he visited the paramedics who he said helped save him.

“I can't thank everyone enough for how sincerely they prayed,” Stevens said. “It was very — I think spiritual — and I think all the people that were praying – I mean I still don’t understand how many people were praying, and I can’t thank them enough.”

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