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Wilber Dimas has died from Gatesville explosion injuries

Family says he passed away Sunday

AUSTIN, Texas - The family of Wilber Dimas says he died Sunday, July 15th, from injuries he received in the Coryell Memorial Hospital explosion. The blast occurred on June 26 in Gatesville. Two other men died and 13 others were injured.

On July 9th, Wilber's sister, Maricela Dimas, told FOX44 News that doctors found burned tissue in his lungs which caused pneumonia. 

"Somebody caused this, and now I'm going to have to live with this and my brother is. And it's not easy," Maricela says.

"This is like a nightmare that I can't wake up from. I wake up, he's in bed. He's getting - going into the operation room on a daily basis. You know, they are constantly removing mucus from his lung and the buildup, and they're constantly working on his wounds," Maricela says.

For two weeks, her brother was left in a coma with over 70 percent of his body burned after the blast. 

"So we have been very hopeful that he would get better. But once we find out that there was burning inside his lungs from inhaling the gas - that just has us hanging on a thread, basically," Maricela says.

The thread is getting thinner as times goes on. 

"We're scared. We don't know what's going to happen to him. I don't know if he's going to make it," Maricela says.

She says her family deserves answers. 

"It's so mind blowing. I do not....I cannot wrap my head around the fact that we're the only family asking for reasons why. An explanation to find closure. To move on with our lives. To do what's right. I feel like we're the only ones on the front lines fighting for his health," Maricela says. 

Investigators say the blast was caused by a gas explosion, but the reason why is still a mystery. 

"No one is talking. It's just an accident that happened. No one wants to talk about it. I need to find out what happened. I can't do it on my own," Maricela says.

No legal action has been taken other than the court order to halt clean-up to preserve evidence.

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Doctors and family say things are not looking good for one of the Gatesville explosion victims.

30-year-old Wilber Dimas is now facing medical complications related to burns he suffered two weeks ago. The Dell Seton Medical Center is where his family says they have lived since the day of the blast.

Wilber has undergone surgeries everyday since he arrived. His family says they are holding onto hope, even if doctors say time may be dwindling.

Wilber, along with 14 others, survived the blast which left two dead. Doctors told his family he has burned tissues inside his lungs which are causing pneumonia.

"So we have been very hopeful that he would get better. But once we find out that there was burning inside his lungs from inhaling the gas....that just has us hanging on a thread, basically," says sister Maricela Dimas. "We're scared. We don't know what's going to happen to him. I don't know if he's going to make it."

The family is begging for prayers and answers for what caused the blast.

FOX44 reported last week that a judge granted a restraining order to halt clean-up at the explosion site. For now, the family's legal team is following the investigation to make sure everything is done thoroughly before any more legal steps are taken. The next court hearing is scheduled for July 16.


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