He served his country and we were proud to give back when we learned he had a need. Here is veteran Mark’s story and experience with Home Repairs, in his own words.
“I’m a tractor-trailer driver, and on January 5, 2021, I was in an accident in South Carolina and lost my left leg from the thigh down. Following the accident, I had five surgeries in an attempt to find a solid bone so they could attach a prosthetic leg.
“While I was in the hospital, I got COVID – like the full-blown, ‘you might not make it’ kind of COVID. In fact, the doctor told my wife that I had a 50/50 chance of survival.
“I did survive, went home, and was taking care of myself with in-home nursing. While I was home recovering, though, I started having some severe stomach problems and contracted a UTI, which I went back into the hospital for. The incisions from my prior surgeries had also been leaking, and the wound [was extremely infected]. I had to go back into surgery to get those wounds properly cleaned out and sewed back up.
“Following this, I was worried to death about how I’d get in and out of my house. It has a very steep walkway going up to the road and wasn’t ADA accessible for me. My son, who does non-emergency medical transportation, told me he knew someone who might be able to help – he called Mark [Wolfe] with Home Repairs.
“While I was in rehab for two weeks, Home Repairs came and made the ramp in front of my house, from the front door to part of the way up the walkway. It was a very well-built ramp, and I was really impressed with the workmanship they put into it. I am so grateful they were willing to do that for me.
“The quality of the work Home Repairs did is just amazing. They didn’t just throw it together; it was built to be permanent to the house.
“We have since moved to an apartment, because we need a home that is overall safer for me, with two exits in case of fire and bathroom modifications and all that. If I need a ramp at my new house, I’ll definitely be getting in touch with Mark [Wolfe] again.
“To the volunteers who built the ramp while I was in the hospital: Thank you so much. My everyday life in that home depended on the ramp you built for me. Without you, my life would have been so much more difficult, and I’m very grateful for and thank each and every one of you.
“People sometimes ask me how I feel about losing my leg and if it’s depressing. I tell them, ‘No, it’s just a piece; it’s not the whole me – my soul wasn’t in that leg. I can’t get it back, so why be depressed? I’m moving on and looking towards the future.
“I thank the Lord every day for the people who have been helping me get through this time, and I’m very thankful for Home Repairs’ contributions to my quality of life.”