Tow truck driver Ron Gandy, attacked over job, calls survival "a miracle"

6:28 AM, Dec 4, 2012   |    comments
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The owner of a former Knoxville tow truck operation said he is lucky to be back in his house following a September attack that nearly killed him.

"I'm so glad to be home..." Ron Gandy, 49, said Monday night.

Many didn't expect the former tow truck driver to ever utter those words again after he spent 34 days in a coma, then months in rehab.

"It's really a miracle. It's really a miracle because doctors told me I died twice," he said.

Friends describe Gandy as a father who had everything under control: a successful business, a good son, and plenty of friends.

Today, he needs help in doing the most basic of tasks, like walking to the kitchen. The attack severely damaged his brain.

"My whole right side of my body is dead, basically," he said.

He does not remember what happened on that September day, but his son, Jordan, said it's been tough.

"It's been hard definitely, but I've been able to get through with it," the Gibbs High School junior said.

The 16-year-old has gone from being taken care of to becoming the caretaker. With a friend, the two watch over Gandy constantly.

"I usually stay up with him til about (midnight), just to make sure he's alright with everything. I usually wake up around 7:00," Jordan added.

With the closure of Ron's Wrecker Service because there was no one to take care of it, this family is now financially strapped. The father said all this turmoil his family is going through was over a petty $50 tow.

"We have given many cars back for free, people who do not have money. If the guy said, 'Hey we have no money,' I would've given him his car," Ron Gandy said.

The father does not know how he'll celebrate the holidays coming up.

"It's a miracle, but my son will not have a Christmas because he's doing a lot for me," the father said.

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