1 Of 3 Brothers Injured In Wildfires Discharged From Hospital

Posted at 11:31 AM, Dec 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-02 22:22:35-05

One of the three brothers taken to Nashville after the devastating wildfire in Gatlinburg has been discharged from the hospital.

Officials with Vanderbilt University Medical Center confirmed that Jared Summers was released Friday morning after being treated at the burn center.

He and his brothers, Branson and Wesley, were vacationing with their parents, Jon and Janet Summers, in Gatlinburg when the deadly fires broke out Monday night.

As they were fleeing, the family became separated after they were unable to continue traveling in their vehicle, according to a family friend.

Jon and Janet were recently named among those who died in the fire. They were 61. 

Branson and Wesley Summers remained at the burn center and were listed in stable condition.   

In a press conference Friday afternoon, those with the hospital said Branson suffered burns to his hands and face, and Wesley had burns to his arms, hands, and face. Both suffered inhalation injuries.

Wesley needed surgery on his arms, and doctors confirmed Branson needed surgery on his hand. Officials stated the two could be released as early as late next week or the following week.

Branson and Jared thanked everyone for their love and support, and Wesley also thanked everyone and said the weekend in the Smokies was wonderful. He added he believes his parents died happy.

A trust fund has been set up for the brothers under the Summers Brothers Trust at 80 Monroe Avenue, Suit 650, in Memphis. There will soon be an account at SunTrust Bank for those who would like to contribute.