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My name is Advent, and I am a CNA at ManorCare Health Services – Alexandria.  I came to the United States from Cameroon, and I left my wife and two-year-old daughter back in Africa while I worked to process my family’s immigration papers.  It has been my intention to work hard, establish myself in the medical field and reunite my family.  On December 7, 2010, after being in the United States for less than a year, I experienced a truly catastrophic event that changed my life forever.

I usually take the bus to work, and I always make it to work on time or even early on some days.  But on this particular day, one of my co-workers offered to give me a ride to work.  It was 6:30 in the morning, and I was walking to our meeting spot on the side of the road when I was struck by a car in the pedestrian crosswalk. My injuries were significant. I had fractured my legs and hip and had to be placed on life support after being airlifted to a trauma center.  I am the only source of income for my family, and this accident has made it impossible for me to work.  I have been on leave for more than four months.  I was confined to the hospital for many weeks and have required lengthy rehabilitation and several surgeries to repair my broken bones.  For much of my recovery, I was without medical insurance.  When all of this happened, I thought my life would be ruined.

The administration at ManorCare Alexandria applied to the Hug Fund on my behalf.  The Hug Fund came through for me.  It has helped me pay for household bills and expenses while I recover.  I have been in therapy for many months, but just recently, I have begun to bear weight on my legs.  This is good news!  I can work harder and get back to work eventually.  Also, my wife and daughter have finally come to join me, and our family is back together.

The chances of me getting hit by a car on my way to work are more than one in a million.  When I heard I was going to receive help from the Hug Fund, I felt like I was one in a million.  After my accident, I told many people that I just wanted to get back to work and care for my patients.  I told them at that time that I would have even worked for free!  Thank you from my family and me.  We are very grateful to the employees of HCR ManorCare.

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