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Injured state trooper gets transferred to Houston

Injured state trooper gets transferred to Houston

January 24th, 2019 by Lori Dunn in Texarkana Region

Arkansas State Police Trooper Clayton McWilliams has been transferred to TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehab and Research Hospital in Houston.

McWilliams, 32, of Ashdown, Ark., was flown to Houston on Tuesday after he was escorted to the airport by other ASP troopers. McWilliams was seriously injured on Jan. 3 when his vehicle left the road and struck a tree while he was responding to another vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 71.

He has been hospitalized in Little Rock since the accident and has undergone several surgeries.

ASP posted an update about McWilliams' transfer Wednesday on its Facebook page.

"Many of you have messaged, called, and continuously asked about the status of ASP's Corporal Clayton McWilliams (G37). Yesterday morning, Cpl. McWilliams was transferred from a Little Rock Hospital to TIRR Memorial Rehab and Research Hospital. TIRR Houston is ranked third in the country in medical rehabilitation and research, and we have no doubt that Cpl. McWilliams is right where he needs to be. Our troopers escorted him to the airport and were there to see him take off to start the next chapter in his recovery. We ask that you keep the prayers going for his healing and rehabilitation."

TIRR Memorial Hermann (the initials stand for The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research) is a 134-bed hospital, rehabilitation and research center, outpatient medical clinic and network of outpatient rehabilitation centers in Houston that offers physical rehabilitation to patients following traumatic injuries or serious illnesses.

"The ASP sends a huge "thank you" to each and every one of you that have prayed, sent cards, donated blood, and spent time helping the family of Cpl. McWilliams. The events and fundraisers that his community has put together have been nothing short of amazing," the Facebook post said.

A recent auction in Ashdown raised $55,000 for McWilliams and his family.

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