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Sole survivor of retaining wall accident released from hospital today


After spending the past several days recovering in the hospital after a tragic accident, and celebrating his 46th birthday in the hospital being thankful for his life being spared, Rodney Morris has been released from the hospital to finish his recovery at home.

He is dealing with broken bones, and his family tells us they are all thankful for everyone's thoughts and prayers.


Rodney Morris is now 46-years old. His birthday balloons are accompanied by well wishes from family and friends.

"I had a bunch of family and friends come by here and call me on the telephone non-stop," Morris said.

It is not the most ideal place to celebrate his birthday, but he said he is blessed to be here. 

"A miracle? Yeah, I believe God has another plan for me. He wasn't ready for me to go then," Morris said. 
The physical pain does not measure up to the emotional sting he feels after Monday's accident. 

Morris, his father and co-worker were all working to reinforce a 30-feet-tall retaining wall when it came crashing down.

"All the sudden the wall gave way and came down on all three of us. Unfortunately, Don and my dad were not able to get out from under wall," Morris explained. 

Morris said workers rushed to dig the lower half of his body out from under the concrete.

"There wasn't too much I could do then. I tried to get where my dad was, but there was really nothing I could do," he said. 

Authorities said his father and co-worker died on impact.

"Right now, I'm just trying to be strong for my family of course, losing my dad and all," Morris said. 

Morris said his dad is the one who put the tools in his hands as a child.

"As a matter of fact, he's the one that taught me when I was a youngster," he said with a laugh.

Recently, he said working together bridged a gap that had grown between he and his father.

"He's doing his part, I'm doing my part and we're getting along like dad and son are supposed to. And you know, I'm glad we were able to do that before he passed," Morris explained. 

The relationship he built with his father is something he wants to share with his three children. 

As he continues to heal and mourn the death of a father and friend, he asks for just one thing and advises another.

"Just keep us in your prayers and everybody out there be just as careful as you possibly can because you never know when it's coming," Morris said.

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