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ATLANTA (CBS46) — A metro Atlanta man who was run over on the job has been discharged from hospital and is undergoing rehabilitation at Shepherd Center.

Devin Nealy hopes his best friend, Kevin Freeman, whom he considers a brother, will live a full life again. Freeman was transferred to Shepherd Center last week after spending nearly a month in hospital following a freak work accident.

“It’s three months of recovery but, truth be told, we’re looking at decades,” Nealy said. “Kenny is a fighter. If you give him a bad hand, he will play it and beat you. That’s how he was. It’s a testament to the strength and determination he has.

In late December, Freeman was working in the back of a sanitation truck when the driver of another dump truck hit the 33-year-old, crushing him between the two vehicles, according to Nealy. Freeman’s legs were broken, along with his pelvis, hip and orbital bone. Doctors also had to stop his brain from bleeding.

“He’s resilient, tough and, beyond all of that, he’s compassionate.” Nealy said. “My brother is one of the most compassionate people I know, one of the hardest working people I know.”

Jeremiah Burton, Freeman’s childhood friend, was devastated when he couldn’t visit him in the hospital. He explained that Freeman’s family and friends were not allowed to see him because, in addition to his injuries, Freeman had also tested positive for COVID-19 upon admission.

“You feel hopeless, especially when you can’t show your support in person,” Burton said.

Burton said Freedom has always been a giver. A US Army veteran, Freeman served his country and his family when he lost his father at the age of 18. That’s why his friends started an online fundraiser to take care of Freeman now.

“It’s inspiring to see the support we get from the military community, our friends and even just strangers who witness Kenny’s fight,” Burton said.


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