A TikTok star miraculously survived after falling more than 60 feet off a cliff onto lava rock during a hike in Hawaii on Wednesday, his family said.
Caleb Coffee, 18, was hiking with three of his friends when he slipped and fell off the cliff around 2 p.m. and was flown to a local hospital, his sister Peyton Coffee said on a GoFundMe page.
Doctors initially assumed Coffee had sustained multiple serious injuries, including a fractured spine, a broken neck, a fractured femur, and burns throughout his body.
“For the last two days, all the doctors thought my spine or neck was broken,” Coffee said Thursday from his hospital bed with multiple stitches in his forehead.
“I just came out of another MRI and somehow miraculously it turned out it’s not broken it’s just an irritation and personally I can’t think of any other explanation than thank you my god.” he said in the video posted on his Father Jason’s Instagram Story.
Coffee’s father Jason revealed his son was diagnosed with a fractured femur and wrist and received two plates and 10 screws in his right elbow while retaining full mobility in his fingers and toes.
Coffee confirmed he didn’t break his neck or spine and said he thanked God for his survival as this wasn’t his first near-death experience.
“It wasn’t the first time in my life that he almost died,” Coffee said Own TikTok account. “When I was younger I had severe seizures, grand mal seizures, and almost died, and almost died yesterday, too.”
“60 to 80 feet, I can’t even imagine it, I don’t even remember. I just woke up thinking I was going to die but then I didn’t die so thank God.
A GoFundMe was created with a goal of setting aside $100,000 to pay medical bills as the teen has no insurance and his family can’t afford the hospital bills.
Over 500 people have raised over $15,000 as of Friday morning.
Coffee, along with his two siblings, became a viral sensation through his father’s Vine account, where the family posted comedy skits featuring his children and wife.
As the family built a following, the kids created their own accounts, while Coffee focused his own account on pranks.
On Coffee’s TikTok, which has over 11 million followers, the influencer tries out various social media trends, works out at the gym and two of the most recent videos show him performing stunts in nature.
The family have been warned that over time, despite Coffee’s recovery from the near-fatal fall, new injuries could emerge.
“Medics have informed us that more injuries are likely to emerge over the next few weeks…” reads GoFundMe.
“If you are unable to donate, he would appreciate your prayers. He is grateful to be alive but is now in excruciating pain.”
In his own update Thursday, Jason Coffee thanked everyone for their concern for his son and said it will be a long recovery.
“I want to thank everyone for all of your love and support. It really feels like family. We love all of you. Please keep praying. It looks like it’s going to be a long road to recovery, but Caleb is strong and we knew he’d get through this!” said Jason Coffee.