Man hit by drunk driver in Tobago, recovers at Shepherd Center

7:39 PM, Sep 28, 2012   |    comments
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Justin Lake recovers at the Shepherd Center after suffering a spinal injury while on vacation in Trinidad and Tobago.

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Prior to his scuba diving trip in Tobago, last month, Justin Lake was a young man with a bachelors of fine arts from the Art Institute of Atlanta. 

However, Lake's life changed dramatically during that trip after he was hit by a drunk driver while sitting in a parking lot with a friend. 

After the accident, Lake was airlifted to Trinidad and flown back to Piedmont Hospital for surgery on his spinal cord and now he's at the Shepherd Center finally regaining motion in his arms and legs. 

Beyond therapy, the young man is facing an insurance nightmare. His insurance company wont cover the several hundred thousand dollars of international expenses. 

However, Lake has a supportive family and he feeds off the 'likes' and 'comments' on his Facebook and fundraising pages. 

"The hope that people give to me really keeps me going," Lake said. 

And with that hope is is pushing for the best new life he can have.

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