Ricky Sims - The Will to Walk Again
This week's segment truly shows what the Pay it Forward spirit is all about.
Ricky Sims of Hixson has a tremendous heart and an astonishing amount of determination to one day stand and walk again.
We met Ricky's Occupational Therapist, Erin Melhorn, a few miles from the family's home.
Erin tells us, "In November of last year, he (Ricky) was riding his motorcycle on a Toys for Tots drive and he was hit by an oncoming car. And, that accident has really changed the course of his life forever. He spent months in the ICU at Erlanger fighting for his life."
Ricky awoke from a coma to find he'd lost his right leg and that his life would take a much different turn.
Erin says, "His wife actually found out that she was pregnant with their second child after he'd been in the ICU for just a week... He really wants to be able to provide for his family again and to take advantage of his second chance at life."
She is anxious to surprise him at his physical therapy session. Erin's co-worker, Tiffany, is working behind the scenes and texts us to let us know she taking him outside.
Once we get to Ricky's house it's time to Pay it Forward.
Ricky is moved to tears. He lost his job, his health insurance and his truck was repossessed (with their recent baby shower gifts still inside).
He says most of all he misses getting in the floor and wrestling with his 3-year-old son, Landon.
In a few weeks life will change again for Ricky and his family when they welcome their baby girl into the world.
Standing with the help of a walker, Ricky smiles and says, "I'm just pushing forward. It's just little things that's trying to hold me back, but I just gotta keep my head up."
The Sims are staying with a family member for now because their own home doesn't have a wheelchair ramp or handicap accessible bathroom.
A trust fund has been set up for Ricky Sims and his family at any Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union.
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