David Wayne is a well-respected and phenomenally creative make-up artist and sculptor in film production, and great-nephew of the famous Costume Designer for Gone With the Wind and many other films, Walter Plunkett. Because of his own work in feature films, David Wayne is an active member in good standing of IATSE Local 798 representing Make Up Artists and Hair Stylists and word is going out nationally to his union Brothers and Sisters.
On Friday, April 3, 2015, at his home in Rock Hill, SC, David Wayne Plunkett was gravely injured when a propane gas container exploded.
Chelsea, his wife and the mother of their 14-month old daughter, Catherine, had been in the kitchen when David had gone outside, saying he was about to mow the lawn. She was feeding Catherine when “there was a big, white flash and then, huge ‘BOOM!!’, and the den windows blew in.” Chelsea ran outside as David Wayne staggered toward her, and said “My arms. My arms.” and then he collapsed. Neighbors rushed over and were able to apply tourniquets to his arms, which were disastrously damaged. Within a relatively few minutes he was heli evac-ed to the Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte, NC, twenty miles away, and to the ER/Trauma facility there.
Devastatingly, David Wayne lost his right arm, which was severed six inches above the elbow from the explosion. His left arm was not destroyed but shattered, and doctors are operating again, today, trying to save it. His eyesight is hoped to be saved, and an MRI showed no life-threatening internal damage. His condition has been stabilized.
Chelsea, who is strong and calm as best she can be, has told us, “Thank God, he is alive” and “We will get through this.” And “thank everyone for their love and prayers.”
There will, of course, be more expenses which will not be covered by their insurance and we are are establishing the David Wayne Plunkett Fund to help in this tragic, life-changing situation.
Thank you for your prayers and concern and support for David Wayne, Chelsea and their little daughter, Catherine, in this crisis.
John F. Davis and June Bateman
(Uncle and Aunt)