Missionary Heads Home

POSTED: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 3:43pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 4:12pm

EL PASO--- His last day in the University Medical Center hospital room and the borderland.

Missionary Josiah Jackson arrived here to UMC one week ago, and already he's improving.

"I feel good. It feels good to go back home and get the rest of this stuff done," said Jackson.

Jackson was involved in a bad car accident in Chihuahua back in February.

"Then I woke up, and I was on the side of the road. I passed out again, I woke up and I was in the ambulance, and then I passed out again," he said, remembering very little from that day.

That ambulance brought him to Poliplaza Medica.

Little did Jackson know he'd be kept there for two months.

His medical costs rose to more than $30,000.
It was a bill he couldn't pay.

So, the hospital wouldn't let him go.

"Just a little anxious, trying to get out and get back to the States. There's a lot of things happening over there that you really don't want to be down there for," said Jackson.

That's when his family called us.
It was 3 weeks ago when we first reported his story.

"Thanks a lot for you guys helping out, because as soon as they saw the news reports they started being more helpful, so I appreciated that a lot," said Jackson.

The hospital director finally agreed on a payment plan and let Josiah go.

We were also there when Jackson was finally transferred over the border and back into the U.S.

Now, a new journey.
Josiah, along with his mother, are out on the road, driving back home to New York.

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