Rustburg Man Paralyzed in Accident Awarded Degree

Campbell Co., VA - A Campbell County man paralyzed in a car crash in July is determined to finish his education and eventually start his career.

Jamie Johnson was awarded an honorary degree in health care assisting Thursday at Miller-Motte Technical College in Lynchburg.

Johnson was just two classes away from finishing his degree to become a medical lab technician when he was hurt.

He called school administrators a few weeks ago and told them he's not able to do that job now, but thought maybe he could work as a medical office assistant until he's able to finish his classes.

"I will eventually stand. I will eventually walk. I've just got to regain use of my hands, that's the number one goal. I will be back to finish my medical lab tech," he said.

Johnson lost his wife in that crash in North Carolina.

He spent 3 months in the hospital, but is now home with his two children.