SULLIVAN COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The father of the North Central High School student who was hospitalized following a chemistry experiment says his son is in stable condition.

David Hooper says that his son, Ethan, is awake, alert, talking and that his vital organs are still in good condition. Just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, the AP Chemistry class at NCHS was performing an outdoor experiment when an accident occurred injuring Ethan and three other students. Hooper adds that they have been in contact with the state fire marshal investigators and are hoping to learn what truly happened.

Ethan will have surgery Friday to assess the degree of the burns and separate the good tissue from the damaged tissue, allowing doctors to determine how many skin graft surgeries will be required.

“Our hearts are bursting with love for the support we have received so far. We are so grateful for the outreach of friends, family and the school for their support.”

David Hooper

Doctors have told Hooper they expect Ethan’s stay to last up to 13 days and may require further surgeries afterward.