Fundraiser to help GA farmer recovering from stroke

Fundraiser to help GA farmer recovering from stroke
Posted at 12:16 PM, Sep 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-07 09:43:46-04

(WTXL) - A fundraiser aims to help a Georgia farmer who suffered a stroke while working in a field get back on his feet financially.

Tracy Baggett, 51, of Cairo, Georgia, hopes to be released from a rehab facility in Camilla, Georgia, next week.

Previously he spent most of May to August 2017 hospitalized, and for 19 of those days he was in a coma before waking up, said Baggett's pastor, the Rev. Donald F. Gerrell.

The fundraiser will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Monticello Winn Dixie parking lot. It will feature BBQ chicken/pork with baked beans and cole slaw at a cost of $10 for an adult and $5 for a child age 10 and under.

By the time Baggett arrived at the hospital following his stroke, doctors said nothing could be done for him, the pastor said, but Baggett's wife, Denise, and his family said don't pull the plug, let's wait a couple of day.

Doctors predicted that if Baggett survived he would be a vegetable.

He defied the odds, awoke with his faculties intact and can talk. With help, he walked out of the hospital in what the pastor describes as a "remarkable recovery."

His pastor said Baggett, a hardworkiing man he has known for more than 20 years, comes from a God-fearing, good Southern family that trusted in God to heal him.

"God answered their prayers," Gerrell said.

Baggett's hospital bills are astronomical, the pastor said, and every dime raised will go toward the farmer's expenses. 

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