“When the explosion went off, I remember everything stopped,” Chase continued. “There was a deafening boom, a burst of light, and in the chaos of that moment everything around me slowed down.”
The horrific event left Chase with irreparable damage to his eye and face.
Chase said he was rushed to the hospital in Bentonville, Ark., but doctors quickly determined that he needed to be airlifted to a different facility in Springfield, Mo. Due to the bad weather, he was instead transferred by ambulance and underwent eight hours of surgery once he arrived.
“The following days in the hospital, I was given the news that I lost my eye. That it would have to be removed. That I might not have movement in the left side of my face and that the scarring would be permanent,” Chase recalled.