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Resident making surprisingly speedy recovery after being shot

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Brazil resident Joshua Light was shot three times, including in the face, and left for dead Oct. 13 in Montgomery County. Light recently called The Brazil Times to provide an update on his recovery. Times Staff File Photo.
Things have gone better than anticipated for Brazil resident Joshua Light recently.

Light was shot three times and left for dead in Montgomery County on Oct. 13.

Light was visiting a girlfriend in Crawfordsville at the time when a man he had only met a couple of times woke him with a gun around 4:30 a.m.

Chad Brock, Light's girlfriend's ex-boyfriend, entered the house while the couple was sleeping.

According to a statement Light provided authorities, Brock allegedly forced Light into a car and drove away from the house to an area near Sugar Creek in Montgomery County.

Brock then allegedly shot Light in the face. Brock also allegedly shot Light twice more and left him there, where Light laid in water for more than nine hours before being rescued.

Following the initial incident, Light informed The Times he had been shot in the T-11 vertebrae.

After a grueling few months, Light recently called The Brazil Times to further update his condition.

"I'm doing pretty good," Light, 23, said. "I'm at home. I'm not in the hospital anymore."

Light said he returned home from the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, Indianapolis, on Nov. 8.

While there, he said he went through rehab to "learn how to take care of myself in a wheel chair."

Light -- who is currently paralyzed -- added he will go through more testing in six-to-eight months to find out if his paralysis is permanent.

"I'm still in spinal shock," Light said. "They've got to wait for all (the testing)."

Light said there are bullet fragments still lodged near his spine and shoulder blade.

Despite the shooting, Light said doctors told him they were encouraged by his updated condition.

"The doctors even told me they were surprised I made such a speedy recovery," he said. "(They said they had) never seen anybody recover so fast."

During his rehabilitation, Light said it helped that his girlfriend, Joann Hargis, was by his side.

"It was bad, but (Hargis) was my main support," Light said. "If it wasn't for her, I'd probably still be in rehab."

Light said his doctors had informed him to stay as healthy as possible in the future in order for his body to heal even quicker.

"They told me not to get sick because my body is still not healing as well as it should," he said.

Light recently wrote a letter to The Brazil Times regarding Brock, who is currently in jail in Montgomery County.

He said he did not intend to forgive Brock for what happened, but had hoped authorities in Montgomery County would allow Brock to see his children during the holidays.

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Josh... I have known you for years. I remember what a scrappy little guy you were in preschool. I feel sure you still have that in you and THAT will make you have a full and speedy recovery!

God's blessings to you and your family!!!

-- Posted by madmom61 on Fri, Dec 28, 2007, at 12:04 PM

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