(Nesbit, MS) Private Taylor Odom, of Nesbit, is sitting up and talking just a little over a week after he lay in a Colorado Springs hospital near death.
”I’m looking forward to coming home. I can’t wait,” he stated.
He was badly hurt in a military training accident near Fort Carson in early November.
He’s been recovering in a Colorado Springs hospital, ”They’re taking good care of me. My Mom is doing some of the work too."
But his recovery hasn’t been without problems, one of the most shocking came when family members returned from his hospital bedside to find money they’d been saving missing from their home.
”Huge water jug, almost full to the top of, like, quarters. Couple thousand dollars to use to buy him a bed and my husband told me it was gone,” said Jennifer Herrin, Odom's Mother.
There’s a Facebook fundraising campaign, and local businesses are also getting involved to help replace the missing money.
There’s an fund set up in Odom’s name at Merchant’s and Farmer’s bank.
Meantime, work continues on the family’s Nesbit, MS home to make it suitable for Private Odom’s recovery.
He’s expected to return here within the next several days.
The house features a new ramp and new hardwood floors to cut down on the dust in Odom’s room.
There’s even a new dog, Roxy, waiting on him.
Odom’s mother says it’s all thanks to remarkable progress her son has made in just the last week, ”They’re working with him to try to get him up and around and on a walker and he’s doing good with that, although he can’t put any weight on his right side because everything’s broken."
Doctors say he may be well enough to return home on a commercial flight soon.
Herrin is thankful he’s alive, and Private Odom is thankful for his neighbors’ concern, ”I wanna tell everybody thank you for supporting and I wanna thank you too for helping out”.
His family hopes he can return home by the weekend.