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Posted: 9:10 p.m. Monday, July 8, 2013
By Natalie Pasquarella
ALBEMARLE, N.C. —
A man paralyzed during storms that swept through Albemarle last month spoke to Eyewitness News about the accident that changed his life.The local father opened up from his hospital room about the outpouring of community support and the road ahead.Father of three, Brian Brown, said he is blessed to have his family by his side as he recovers from a fall that left him paralyzed from the waist down."I know that God has a reason for what he's done. We don't know what that is yet," he said.On June 16, when devastating storms ripped through Albemarle, Brown went to help a neighbor after a tree fell on their home. Brown was standing on a ladder."When I swung around and put my weight on the first step, the feet of the ladder slipped out and down I went, approximately 10 feet," he said.Brown said it happened in slow motion."I could see the guy's eyes that were on the roof helping me, and I remember reaching. Next thing I know, I'm lying flat and my legs are tingling. Not really in pain," said Brown.The moments that followed were impacted by the storm. He said helicopters couldn't fly, so he had to wait an hour to be moved to Carolinas Medical Center.On Monday, surrounded by those who love him, including his wife of 16 years, Brown said his focus is on getting better and thanking the community for all of their support."It's really made me realize family and friends, how important, how much people are willing to do for you. It's overwhelming," he said.
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