Ex-LSU Lineman Matt Branch Loses Leg After Getting Shot By Dog

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 11, 2019

The bullet shot through the bed of the vehicle and struck Branch's left thigh.

Heckford said the gruesome incident and how it happened led him to contemplate gun safety.

When first responders arrived and cut off Branch's waders and trousers, Heckford said, "I think that's when it hit me how serious it was".

"At approximately 9:40 a.m., David Joe, David, Matt and I were all standing around the bed of the (Polaris) Ranger and Matt had laid his gun down flat in the bed of the Ranger and walked around on the passenger side to finish loading up", Heckford said.

Heckford said Branch's trousers were "soaked in blood" but the group was able to transport him to a road accessible to first responders.

"There is no doubt Matt has an extremely long road to recovery ahead of him", Heckford said, "but there is nobody more confident than me that he will shake back and continue to live an fantastic life and continue to impact others".

Matt Branch, who played football at LSU from 2008 to 2011, invited a group of friends to come to Eagle Lake in MS for a duck and deer hunt on land his family farms.

"Everybody looked up", Heckford said.

Heckford said Tito jumped onto the truck bed, 'stepped on the safety of Branch's shotgun and pulled the trigger'. I jumped in the bed and David Joe took off driving'.

The hunters called 911 and Heckford applied pressure to the wound to try and slow the bleeding while Branch was moved in a UTV to a road where they waited for first-responders. 'It was at that point in time I realized how much he had bled.

He was later transported to the University of Mississippi Medical Center where his leg was amputated.

A GoFundMe account has been set up in former LSU player Matt Branch's name to help with expenses.

"After several hours of surgery and massive blood transfusions the decision was made to amputate a portion of his left leg in order to save his life", the GoFundMe page says.

Since the amputation Mr Branch has undergone additional complex surgical procedures with several more to come.

"The opportunities for an accident are there and we just don't realise it", Heckford added. We think we're being safe, but are we?

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