Pennsylvania boy critically injured after falling in corn trailer

Danielle Cinone

Just days after celebrating his 7th birthday, a Pennsylvania boy is in critical condition after a horrifying farming accident.

Wellington Shaffer fell into a trailer Saturday evening as corn was being shelled, according to Hickory Corners Fire Company Chief Doug Wetzel.

Shaffer was trapped by the kernels, and rescued after the bottom of the trailer was opened.

He was transported from the Northumberland County farm and transported to Geisinger Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition.

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"We're praying for a complete recovery for him, and we think that God will provide that," Nolan Masser, a close family friend of the Shaffers told WNEP.

Shaffer is a first grader at Northumberland Christian School.

Pastor John Rees, the school’s principal, called Shaffer “the sweetest little guy … the kind of guy that will just come up and give you a hug.”

Locals held a prayer vigil Monday, and a GoFundMe supporting his family has raised more than $2,500 by Wednesday morning.

“This precious boy needs fervent prayer for healing through this heart breaking and long journey. There has been an outpouring of support from the community and beyond that is greatly appreciated.

“Please help us in raising money for this family as they are experiencing such a tragedy and have a long road of recovery ahead of them,” the campaign reads.