Missionary injured in mo-ped wreck out of coma

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Phillip Tweety, the 74-year-old missionary critically injured Oct. 8 while riding his mo-ped, has emerged from a coma.

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Janie Tweety tends to her husband, Phillip, who is recovering from a mo-ped accident. For decades, Tweety, a missionary, has traveled around town distributing his money to needy people.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
Janie Tweety tends to her husband, Phillip, who is recovering from a mo-ped accident. For decades, Tweety, a missionary, has traveled around town distributing his money to needy people.

On Thursday, Tweety’s doctor told his wife, Janie Tweety, that responses to stimuli are signs of his progress.

After being discharged from Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Tweety began receiving physical therapy this week at Select Specialty Hospital on Walton Way. He uses a feeding tube and cannot speak but moves his legs and right arm. He can wave his hand and smile.

“He’s coming along day by day. They say little steps at a time,” Janie Tweety said. “I want to talk to him again. I want him to hold me. I’m so excited I don’t know whether to cry or to laugh.”

On Thursday, Tweety sat up in a highback wheelchair for more than two hours. Doctors say they won’t know how much brain function he retained for about a year.

“There are days when he’s wide awake. You think this is a great day, then you have a couple days that are just sleeping,” his daughter Cheri Yoho, of Canton, Ohio, said Tuesday about her father's recovery.

Yoho, one of Tweety’s seven children, has spent several weeks in Augusta since the accident. She squeezes her father’s hand, and sometimes he will squeeze back.

For decades, Tweety traveled around town on his bicycle – and most recently, a mo-ped – distributing his money to needy people. He and his wife, who were affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, were returning home after missionary work when he was hit by a truck on Deans Bridge Road.

His wife, who was riding alongside and received scratches from the crash, has spent every day and night at his side. She kneels for prayer below a large, bright window in his hospital room.

“That window is my looking-glass. It says hold your head up and pray,” she said.

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 carts and might need more.

The family is encouraged by his progress, and Janie Tweety hopes they will return to missionary work, riding bikes.

“I’m hoping and I’m praying. It’s all gonna work out because God’s still with him,” she said.

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nothin2show4it
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nothin2show4it 12/13/11 - 02:24 pm
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Hang in the Phillip. Still
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Hang in the Phillip. Still praying for you.

tanbaby
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tanbaby 12/13/11 - 02:37 pm
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how ironic that this story is
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how ironic that this story is in today's paper. my husband just asked me about an hour ago if i had seen anymore about this...the guy who hit mr. tweety works with him....God is looking out for you, Mr. Tweety. I've been watching you and your wife for years going up and down Deans Bridge Rd...many prayers for you and your family...

nothin2show4it
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nothin2show4it 12/13/11 - 07:54 pm
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Thanks for saying that
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Thanks for saying that tanbaby. If is funny that you mentioned the guy who hit the Tweedys. I'm not trying to stir up trouble but it seems that the sheriffs dept had some concerns about the case because the man veered across several lanes of traffic then hit the Tweedy's. What ever came of that I don't remember reading the outcome. I know the Tweedy's would say forgive and forget it. I'm just curious.

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cytoranger 12/14/11 - 01:43 am
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Prayers.for this.man of God

Prayers.for this.man of God and his beloved wife. I was in a coma for 2moths back in 1992 and god placed me in a white waiting room with many other people. I almost stayed . Im not crazy and it changed my life. I'm just sayin

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augusta citizen 12/16/11 - 07:09 am
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Such good news, prayers that

Such good news, prayers that Mr. Tweedy will recover fully. What a faithful, loving wife he has!

tanbaby
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tanbaby 12/16/11 - 01:41 pm
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nothin2show4it-as far as i
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nothin2show4it-as far as i have seen or heard, there has been nothing else done to the guy who hit mr tweedy...hubby also says that this guy is an extremely aggressive driver....sure would like to know where the investigation stands on it...just because mr tweedy will hopefully recover doesn't mean that there shouldn't be charges....

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