FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - A hiker is facing long-term recovery after falling 25 to 30 feet through a hole in a rock formation in north-central Arkansas.
Deanna Jones says her son, 22-year-old Brandon Jones, slipped off the edge of the Glory Hole rock formation in the Ozark National Forest on Dec. 22 while hiking with a friend.
The Baxter Bulletin (http://bit.ly/1SOSiVi ) reports that Jones struck his head and suffered a collapsed lung. He also injured his wrists and nose.
He was transported to Washington Regional Hospital in Fayetteville, where he spent 17 days in intensive care.
Jones was then transferred to a long-term care facility in Fort Smith, and he is set to be moved again to Baptist Hospital in Little Rock for more rehabilitation.
Jones' mother says that it may take him six months to a year to fully recover.
Information from: The Baxter Bulletin, http://www.baxterbulletin.com