Rogina Stevens Courtesy: Jeff Stevens

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Wreck Victim Gets Free Ambulance Ride to Atlanta Rehab

By Heather Mathis
By hmathis@wbbjtv.com

GIBSON COUNTY Tenn.- A Gibson County woman in danger of not being able to walk again after a car accident, is getting some help from a local West Tennessee business.

Rogina Stevens was airlifted to The Med in Memphis after flipping her car on Highway 152 on December 18. As a result, Stevens experienced spinal injuries and has undergone two surgeries.

Doctors said Stevens, who has no movement in her feet, needs to enter rehab at the Sheppard Center in Atlanta, while her muscles in her legs are still working.

The only issue is the family has no insurance to cover the ambulance ride to the center. "I didn't know how I was going to come up with it. I got several estimates on what it would cost all of which was more than what I had," said husband Jeff Stevens.

The family's neighbor contacted the owner of Eagle Medical Services, Allen Wilkerson, informing him of the situation. Wilkerson then told the family he would cover the entire cost because, "It's the right thing to do."

Wilkerson will be personally driving the ambulance with Stevens to Atlanta Friday morning. Stevens is expected to spend six weeks in the center in an attempt to help regain movement in her legs.