Young Heart Patient In Moore Survives Car Accident

Monday, February 27th 2012, 10:47 pm
By: News 9

A Southmoore student wonders how he survived. An accident caught on camera could have killed him.

And it's not his first brush with death.

"Wow, I had no clue, sitting there thinking to myself," Justin Wilkerson said.

Justin was waiting for the next car to clean out at his car-washing job when he was hit by a car. He's seen the video, but doesn't remember this accident.

Holding his mom, Sherry's hand, her heart skips. This is the first time she is seeing it.

"Somewhere if you zoom in really close I guarantee there are angels around him," Sherry said.

Angels, she said, have been close by recently.

"Next thing I know I'm waking up at the hospital and have no clue what's going on," Justin said.

Lately, the hospital is the family's second home. News 9 was there in October after the family found out about Justin's heart.

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"Lucky would be an understatement," Justin said.

He's one of only four pediatric patients with a rare heart condition. If doctors hadn't discovered it when he went in for a broken foot, they aren't sure how long Justin would be alive.

"The heart thing, that was a 'hey, turn and look in the mirror and look at your life,'" Justin said.

Life events have changed Justin, But not his sense of humor.

"Next year or next week something like that, thinking about getting struck by lightning next, get shot," Justin said.

Justin is still recovering from his injuries, but he is back at school now.