FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A Fort Wayne man is back at home after being paralyzed from the waist down in an accident in front of the Canterbury Green apartments on February 7.
Lamonta Green, 27, said he doesn’t remember much from that day. He said he had just gotten off work and had gone to pay some bills and pick up a soda for his mother from the gas station. He was at the stoplight waiting to turn in to his neighborhood when the crash happened. The driver who caused the accident told police he had been fighting with his wife and was trying to kill himself, so he got in his car and started driving until he hit something.
The driver ended up hitting Green’s car sending him airborne across an intersection into a snow pile. Doctors told Green the likelihood of him walking again are slim.
“When I look at my situation now, I get angry, but thankful that I get to see my friends and family,” Green said.
He said he never thought at 27-years-old he’d be confined to a wheelchair. He said life has been an adjustment because even simple tasks like cooking and getting out of bed are extremely difficult.
However, it’s not just his independence that he has temporarily lost. The accident also jeopardized his job.
“I can’t go back to my job after I leave the hospital because I was a truck driver,” Green said. “I can’t climb in and out the trucks anymore.”
In addition, he is also facing expensive medical bills. Even with insurance, he and his family have around a $300,000 hospital bill.
“It’s still going to be a long process with therapy and everything, but I’m very confident that he’s going to make a full recovery,” his sister, Lakeisha Green, said.
However, he is staying positive. He said the accident has helped him become more patient.
His family set up a fund in his name to help with doctor bills and every day expenses. For more information, click here.