COURTLAND, MS (abc24.com) - After weeks at the hospital and several surgeries, Larry Ray Patton is on the road to recovery. He is the Good Samaritan from Mississippi who ran to help a driver who crashed into a utility pole in Whitehaven on November 8. Another driver ran over downed power lines, and severely injured Patton. Those same power lines killed his father, Larry Hulett Patton, who was also trying to help the driver.
Patton, 33, says he's lucky to be alive. This is the first time he's spoken publicly since the accident. Even though he lost his father he remains hopeful for a speedy recovery now that he's back home in Courtland, Mississippi with his family.
"I get to see to him every morning and the kids can see him, that just makes me happy,” said Patton’s wife Katherine.
"It felt like forever. I finally got to see them,” said Larry Ray Patton.
After the accident, Patton went two weeks without seeing his children 4-year-old Kaylee and 4-month-old Jaxon.
"I remember excruciating pain and looking over and seeing my dad lying there," said Patton as fought back tears when he recalled the day of the accident.
Patton and his father were working on gas pumps when they ran to help a driver who had just crashed into a utility pole. Another car, a white SUV, ran over the downed power lines, causing the lines to snap and hit both Pattons.
"It almost ripped me into two, it burned real badly,” said Patton.
He spent two weeks at The MED. He says losing his dad was heart breaking.
“He was just an American dad,” he said. “He always did everything for me, he never let me do anything.”
Now Patton says he feels ok but knows he has a long recovery ahead.
"I feel weak. They say my heart is racing faster than it should be. Doctors also put this colostomy bag and I have to have it for 3 to 6 months,” said Patton.
Medical bills are piling up fast.
"I probably could say it's about $300,000 to $400,000 just in medical bills,” said Katherine Patton.
That's not including their daily expenses. Patton says he wouldn't be here without the support of his family, especially his wife.
"Oh my goodness she's been by my side ever since this happened, ever since we've been married."
After all the surgeries, pain, and losing his father, Patton says he would do it all over again.
"I just got to be a little safer but I would do it again,” he told ABC24 News. "My daddy wouldn't want me to stop helping people just because of this. I’m blessed to be here. I thank the Lord everyday."
Memphis Police have not been able to find the driver who ran over the downed power lines. Anyone with information on this incident should call CrimeStoppers at (901) 528-CASH (2274).
The Pattons have also set up a fund to help with medical costs. You can go to any First Security Bank and donate under the "Larry Ray Patton Benefit."