by: Natalie Pasquarella Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - While a Charlotte father recovers from an accident that left him paralyzed, a nonprofit is stepping up to help with his medical bills.
Practicing his breathing is part of the daily rehab that Lamont Dozier’s wife, Chinelle, takes him through since his car crash three months ago.
“We didn't know if he was going to live or die. It was awful,” Chinelle Dozier said.
Lamont Dozier wrecked June 30 on South Tryon Street. The crash left him in a coma for three weeks and with a spinal cord injury that paralyzed him from the chest down.
“I couldn't believe it,” he said. “At first, I was like, ‘I can't feel my legs.’ I tried to stand up. I thought they were asleep. They told me we'll probably never walk again.”
The couple has six children, but did not have medical insurance and saw the bills pile up.
“All I could think of was, ‘What are we going to do?’ And at that point I could not work, because my husband was so critical we never knew what was going to happen day to day,” Chinelle Dozier said.
The Doziers said as they prayed for answers, help came in the form of Motivations Ministries. The nonprofit helps people with catastrophic medical bills.
Lisa Sexton is a former patient who received help from the group.
“After the fundraiser for me, I thought, ‘Gosh, this is so great.’ You know, for me to get out from under these bills, that -- how can I get involved?” she said.
Sexton reached out to the Doziers and is helping to organize a musical fundraiser for them Sunday at CPCC.
The couple said they're grateful and amazed at the support.
“I'd just like to thank them for all the help they're giving me,” Lamont Dozier said. “It's very overwhelming, all the support I got."
If you’d like more information on the Dozier family and the Motivations Ministries fundraising event on Sunday, click here.