Injured Soldier Returns Home

By: Ryan Dearbone Email
By: Ryan Dearbone Email

Army Spc. Timothy Lott returned to Central City, Ky., on April 13, 2007. Lott was severely injured and is now learning to live a life with very limited walking motion and constant back pain.

While stationed in Afghanistan, Lott's convoy encountered what appeared to be trouble as they re-entered their military base.

"We were coming back in the gate; and when we were coming somebody went to break into our convoy and you don't let somebody do that because you don't know if they're going to blow themselves up," Lott recalled.

The person wasn't a suicide bomber but did change Lott's life forever.

"My driver stopped on the brakes. When he stomped on the brakes, it threw me forward and back," he said.

Lott didn't immediately feel the accident's impact, but five days later the pain was uncontrollable.

"I woke up in God-awful pain. Through a series of tests they couldn't figure out what was going on. So I went to Germany, and when I went to Germany they did some MRI's and said 'your back's really messed up'," Lott said.

Lott has a disc that is pushing up against his spine, nerve damage in his right leg and stress disorders as results of the accident.

"I can't dress myself. I have to have help getting up and getting around in a vehicle," he said.

The 27-year-old has spent the last four months at Walter Reed Army Hospital undergoing physical therapy and medication treatments for the injuries until he finds a civilian doctor to perform surgery on his back.

According to Lott he has good days where the pain is tolerable and bad days where it can be overwhelming.

"I keep pushing on because I know there's a light at the end of the tunnel. It's just rough. Its really rough."

He also has another struggle to overcome during his recovery. Right now he's living in his parent's small two-bedroom home along with both of his parents and his grandmother.

Lott's family wanted to add on to the home with an additional room for Lott that who will have a wheelchair ramp and other amenities that will make it easier for him to get by.

"I called Home Depot and they were like 'we would love to get on board. We don't know what we can do but we can do something'," Lott said.

Lott is currently waiting to hear what the store will be able to supply him with for the addition.

If you'd like to help out Lott you can call (270) 754-3206.


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