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Sumner wheelchair bound teen, family escapes fire

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SUMNER, GA -

A Sumner family is looking for a new place to live and waiting for insurance to replace medical equipment their son needs after a damaging fire at their home.

The teen lives with a rare genetic disorder.

He's happy his family is okay and he's also grateful his most prized possession was unharmed.

16-year-old Jacob Entrekin suffers from muscular dystrophy. He made it out from the burning home with his wheelchair, but some equipment he lives by didn't, through it all he's still smiling.

"I'm taking it one day at a time and praying and thanking the Lord that we're ok," said Entrekin.

Encouraging words from Sumner teen Jacob Entrekin, who now must adjust to living temporarily without a home as he battles muscular dystrophy.

A fire started in the family's laundry room early Sunday morning, sweeping through one wing of the home, but damaging most of the house.

Jacob and his family made it out safely, but some of his medical equipment didn't.

His cough assist machine that pumps mucus from his lungs was damaged, and his special bed he needs to sleep on up-right is also no longer working.

Insurance will replace the items, but it'll be a lengthy process.

Jacob is happy his family made it out alive and is just a happy his specially modified pick-up wasn't damage by the flames.

He got the truck back in November after community members pitched in to fix it up.

"My truck is a part of my family. I know it may seem a little naive to think a truck is a part of the family, but it's a part of my family to me," said Entrekin.

For now, Jacob and his family are living in a hotel in Tifton. The teen attends Worth County High School.

He admits the transition has been difficult, but he's used to overcoming adversity.

Now, he says he's praying to God that he and his family get through this difficult time.

"As my shirt says, my lifeguard walks on water, so he's going to help me and I'm going to make it through it with him. I just have to take it day by day and pray that each day will get better and I know it will if I pray that it will," said Entrekin.

Jacob wants to show his gratitude for all of those who reached out and helped his family in this time of need.

"I would like to tell them thank you for bringing clothes and the other stuff. My grandpa is letting us barrow a room for all the clothes I got," said Entrekin.

This teen will keep his head held high as he goes through this trying time.

We spoke with Jacob's dad off camera. He too is appreciative of the community's support, but says what he needs now is a home capable of meeting Jacob's needs.

The company that works on Jacob's modified wheelchair lent him a battery until his insurance company can get him a new battery and a nearby pharmacy has replaced his nebulizer.

 

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