Update: Gel candle victim’s surgery goes as planned

Update: Michael’s Hubbard surgery went as planned, his mother Nancy Reyer wrote on his recovery blog today

“We now can breath a little and will let you know what comes next,” she wrote.

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The 14-year-old Riverhead boy who suffered severe burns after a gel candle incident in May will be undergoing surgery today, according to his recovery blog at

Michael Hubbard, who has been at Stony Brook University Medical Center since the May 28 incident and is still in a coma, will have an external ventricular drainage valve inserted in his skull, his mother Nancy Reyer wrote on the blog today. Doctors are hoping the surgery will elicit a response from the boy. He will be moved to the Intensive Care Unit following the surgery, Ms. Reyer wrote.

Ms. Reyer, who has been on unpaid leave from her job as she stays by her son’s side, asked for prayer for Michael.

“OK, you know what your job is,” she wrote. “Please Lord, let this be the seventh miracle.”

The family is still seeking donations to help with their expenses. Those who wish to send a donation can makes checks payable to:

Michael Hubbard Fund
Suffolk Federal Credit Union:
Route 24
Flanders, NY 11901

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