Update on Father LeBleu's recovery

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - According to Father LeBleu's family, and the doctors responsible for his recovery he is doing much better since his accident. In the meantime, Father LeBleu will remain on a ventilator for the next 24 hours, as he recovers from surgery.

It was at LA Fitness in Lake Charles where Father Wayne LeBleu was found unconscious in the sauna. According to LA Fitness owners, an employee found the priest as they were preparing to close, last Thursday night. On a website setup to give updates on his recovery, it says the priest received severe burns to 22% of his body. As to what lead to his accident, the facts are still unclear.

"He did sustain an injury at a fitness center. As to why, they don't really know. That is what the upcoming scans and surgeries are for," said Korey Lavergne, Christ the King Church.

According the recovery website Father LeBleu's surgery went well. Doctors plan to remove the bandages in several days. Skin grafts will be needed. But, Father LeBleu's negative experience could serve as a positive learning experience for others. Doctor's say healthy adults should limit their time in a sauna to fifteen minutes, twelve minutes in a steam bath and ten minutes in a hot tub. To avoid a trip to the emergency room it is important to recognize the signs that you have had enough.

"If you're feeling light headed or dizzy, especially if you're going from a sitting to a standing position, headaches, any of those things should make you aware that you should get out," said Dr. Jon Gray, Emergency medical physician

Another tip to remember, is to always consult your physician before using a sauna or a hot tub.

A website has been setup for people to check on the status of Father LeBleu's recovery. That link is http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/waynelebleu

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