“It’s gonna be a long journey,” father of four recovering after oil rig explosion

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OKLAHOMA CITY-- An Oklahoma family far away from home, stuck in a metro hospital for the holidays while their father fights for his life.

We first reported last Friday on an oil rig explosion in Coal County that killed two, and injured three more.

One of those injured, 28-year-old Mark Pittman Jr.,  is now in the burn unit at Integris Baptist Medical Center with burns covering 75 percent of his body.

"I never thought I was gonna go through this," said Bobby Pittman, Mark's wife. "He's in critical condition, 3rd and 4th degree burns."

So the Pittman's quickly packed their things, and uprooted to OKC to spend the holidays with their dad.

Meanwhile, several people back at home are set to work. In a matter of days, presents started pouring into the Pittman family from far and wide to make sure Mark's four kids have a merry Christmas.

"It's gonna be a long journey, he's gonna be here for 5-6 months," said Pittman.

But Mark is still in need, and he needs help now.

"Blood transfusions, he needs blood donated," said Pittman. "He's O-positive, please donate to him...go to the OBI [Oklahoma Blood Institute] and put his name down."

You can also donate cash. A Go Fund Me account has raised more than $3,000 for the Pittman's since last Friday.

For information on how to donate, click here.

The four kids, with ages between two and seven, have yet to see their dad since the accident.

But they all agree Mark's a fighter, and they can't wait to see him again.

"They're all crazy, they're missing him right now," said Pittman. "They don't know what to do without him."

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