Family Hopes for Just a Little Freedom For Disabled Son

In 2013...white knoll high school graduate was taking classes at midlands tech duing the day...and working at waffle house at night to help pay the bills.Until a car accident changed everything.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - It happens in the blink of an eye.  

James Gunter was a very busy 19-year-old, juggling classes at Midlands Technical college, taking those electives as he tried to narrow down what he wanted to be when he graduated,  After class, he worked as a cook  at a Waffle House.

James was a typical teen working on making the leap to adulthood.  

All of that changed in 2013 after, according to police, Gunter's car slid into another and struck it head on.   

When James's mom arrived at the hospital, her son was already in surgery.  Doctors told her he had suffered a traumatic brain injury, or TBI.  In essence, His brain had stopped communicating with his body.  

In recovery, James spent the better part of a year in the hospital and then in a rehabilitation facility. 

Finally, James was able to come home.

But now that's the only place that James can  be.   His specialized wheelchair is large and heavy and requires a van for transport.   The state does pay for transportation to come to his home twice a week to take him to therapy.  Other than that, not only is James confined to his wheelchair, but also his home. 

"I want so much for him to do all those little things that we used to take for granted, like go out to eat, see a movie or even just get a haircut.  I'd love him to connect with other disabled young people and build new friendships, "said his mother Stephaine. 

James's family has started a Go-Fund me site to help raise money so that James can get out of the house and hopefully some day get out of his wheelchair.   If you would like to donate, just click




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