Phillip Tweety, the 74-year-old missionary seriously injured after he was hit Oct. 8 by a truck on Deans Bridge Road while riding a mo-ped, remains in a coma at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
“They just don’t know when or if he’s going to come out,” said Janie Tweety, who was riding alongside her husband and received scratches from the crash.
Doctors would like to move Tweety to a nursing home, where he can receive therapy for brain damage.
For decades, Tweety traveled around town on his bicycle – and most recently, a mo-ped – distributing his money to needy people. The couple, who were affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, were returning home after a Saturday of missionary work.
“I want to speak to him. I want him to answer back. I want to give him a big bear hug,” said Janie Tweety, who has spent every night beside the hospital bed. “I just don’t want to go home. It’s not home without him.”
Her husband reacts to stimulation of his legs and right arm, but he remains on a feeding tube. Breathing assistance was recently removed.
“When they move him to rehab, I won’t be able to stay and I don’t know if I can handle that,” Tweety said.
People have taken donations and food to Tweety in the hospital. Others have visited to anoint him and spend time talking and praying with his wife.
The Tweetys give 10 percent of their income directly to people. They approach shoppers at Walmart stores in Augusta, North Augusta and Aiken who seem to have little in their shopping carts and might need more.
Annie Powell, a mobile home park owner who employed Phillip Tweety in 1989, set up a fund to cover medical expenses for the couple. Donations to the fund may be made at any Queensborough National Bank and Trust branch in the name of Phillip Wayne Tweety.