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Batesville, AR -- Brandi Hodges Reports

Good Neighbors Lend a Helping Hand

September 5, 2006 -- Posted at 6:23 p.m. CDT

BATESVILLE, AR -- 20-year-old Randy McIntosh remains in a coma almost two months after a one vehicle accident that left him with a massive head injury and a collapsed lung.

Now, the family has renewed hope as the community comes together in support.

"Everyday is a little bit better.  He's still really critical but everyday is a little bit better," said McIntosh's sister, Tabitha McIntosh.

McIntosh is at UAMS in Little Rock.   The family says doctors have done everything they can for now, so they are preparing to bring him home.

"We're trying to build a room on to his mother's mobile home so that he'll have a place that we can bring him home to," said uncle, Keith Young.

McIntosh will require around the clock care while he's in the coma.

"Actually what we're doing is trying to build this room as close to like a hospital room as we can," said Young.

What the family is most grateful for is the support they've received from the community in making the added room a home.

"Everybody either wants to call and say, ‘I'm praying for you,' or to give some money or some supplies," said McIntosh.

"We've always been on the giving end of everything and now that it's our turn, a lot of the neighbors have seen us working and know what's going on and have come over and offered help and assistance," said Young.

This project has only been underway for about a week, and the family said they wouldn't be this far if it weren't for the good neighbors in their community.

"It's been really uplifting, and a joy to know that there are good people in the world still," said Young.

If you would like to make a donation to help the McIntosh family you can call Vida Young at 870-251-2920.

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