Josh Howard’s road to recovery filled with community support

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Josh Howard has dedicated his life to serving others. From his work with the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition to the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s office, Howard strives daily to improve our community.

But following a major car accident last month, the script has been flipped. Howard is now the one who needs support.

April 10th, 2019….a day Josh Howard will never forget as he drove to a meeting in downtown Baton Rouge.

“I was going four blocks,” Howard said. “I got in the car after an amazing parallel parking job, and 200 feet away was where the accident happened.”

When Josh came to in the hospital, he learned he had suffered a fracture of the c-2 vertebrae, along with bruised lungs, a broken rib and multiple lacerations.

“I started to realize how serious this was of an accident because I felt normal with the exception of a broken neck. Reading that this was the same injury that Christopher Reeves had, this is called the Hangman’s fracture for a reason.”

But miraculously, Howard never lost feeling in his legs or arms. His nerves intact, he was up and walking within two days, and while his recovery has been a grind with constant physical therapy, his prognosis is favorable.

“I go in for a CatScan on June 10th and if all goes well, then we’re clear. We’re good to go. This thing (Halo Neck Brace) comes off. And then I wear a neck brace for 2-4 weeks and take things from there. Of course, things could change and I may have to wear this longer than expected, but I’m just grateful that this is the outcome.”

Monday night, friends and family have organized a fundraiser in Josh’s honor, at Bistro Byronz on Perkins road. Josh admits, the outpouring of support has been humbling.

“I feel affirmed. I feel truly affirmed that I have chosen people to be in my life who back up what it means to be a community of people who love you, who have great values, who support you, who are there with you through everything.”

You can still donate to help Josh’s recovery by contacting the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition.

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