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Volunteers build wheelchair ramp for ATV wreck survivor

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DENHAM SPRINGS - Volunteers surprised a Denham Springs boy who nearly died in an ATV wreck with a project to help him get around at home.

The volunteers from Turner Industries and Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge built two-year-old Brantly Williams a wheelchair ramp so he can easily get in and out of his house. Williams lost sight in one eye and lost many of his motor skills after a four-wheeler he was riding crashed into a tree a few months ago.

McAlister said doctors didn't think Brantly would live, but he pulled through.

"It's a miracle that they've done this for us, because if we didn't have that it would be hard for us to get him in the house," said his mother, Brittany McAlister.

Brantly now has to re-learn how to walk. His mother said he's come a long way in the past three months, and she's glad to have him home and thankful to the volunteers who helped him on his road to recovery.

"It just touched all of our hearts, and that's what we wanted to be a part of it and do everything we could to get this child get back on his feet," said Michelle Hardy, one of the volunteers from Turner Industries.

"Someday he will be able to walk again. It may not be long distance, but he'll be able to walk," said McAlister.


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