Volunteers help remodel home for man who lost limbs in lawnmower accident

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - A Johnson County man says he is glad to be back home and able to move around his house after a lawnmower accident in June.

The accident caused Willie Owens to lose both his legs and his left arm. Months later, he is back home thanks to a group of volunteers that helped remodel his house and make it handicap accessible. And, despite everything, Owens still laughs and smiles with his friends and family.

"If I'm not laughing about it I'll cry and I don't want to cry," said Owens.

Owens returned home about six months after the accident. A welcome home party was held for him on Friday at his house off Route 580 in Johnson County.

"It's basically a whole new home," said Owens.

Doorways were widened, ramps were built, and much of the floorplan was changed.

Owens spent months fighting for his life after his lawnmower flipped and gasoline spilled out, catching him on fire.

"I was taking the lawnmower up the hill and that is when it flipped," said Owens.

He said the task was one he had done countless times.

The journey after his recovery was not easy either. Owens had to relearn how to do many things like write and eat on his own.

"I had a lot of help from above I'll say," said Owens.

Volunteers with Christian Appalachian Project were some of the people who stepped in to help.

"An opportunity to show off and do what we do best and that is helping people, giving people hope," said Ron Morrow with Christian Appalachian Project.

Morrow said he and Owens are friends, making the project even closer to his heart. Morrow said more than 90 people stepped in at some point to work on the home.

"It is so great to know that communities still come together," said Owens.

Owens and his family said they are forever grateful for all the help they received.

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