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Local family struggles after son's wreck

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POSTED: September 18, 2011 8:00 a.m.
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Garrett Devine

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e is on the road to recovery after a car crash in May sent him to the hospital.
Garrett Devine, the 20-year-old son of Amy and Danny Devine of Pembroke, was rushed to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah  on May 14 after he was ejected from a vehicle during an accident on I-16 near Pooler. After several surgeries and a few weeks at Memorial, he was admitted to the Shepherd Center, a spinal and brain injury specialty hospital in Atlanta, where he has been a patient since June.
“Garrett is receiving speech, occupational, physical and recreational therapies along with some group therapies,” his mother said.
His family has since moved to Atlanta for Devine to continue his therapy in the center’s Pathways program, she said, which he started in July.
“He can’t think of the words he wants to say, but some words are slowly coming back to him,” Amy Devine said. “He was not vocal until after starting Pathways on July 18. Before this, he was only whispering ‘yes’ and ‘no’ to our simple questions.”
The family is currently living in an apartment at the Shepherd Center, but Amy Devine said their eight-week stay is quickly coming to an end. For Garrett Devine to continue his therapy in the Pathways program, the family must find a place to live in Atlanta, though the medical costs pose a problem.
Friends and other family members have hosted fundraisers for Devines, but the family still needs help. Amy Devine said a Garrett Devine Donation Fund has been set up with The Heritage Bank, and donations can be made directly to the fund from any branch office.
For more information on ways to help, email Amy Devine at savannah_rose1966@yahoo.com, or visit the Fundraisers for Garrett Devine Facebook page.

Read more in the Sept. 17 edition of the News.

 

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