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Albany man returns home 2 years after he was struck by lightning

After being struck by lightning and undergoing treatment for two years, John Clyde Jr. is now back home with his family. (Source: WALB) After being struck by lightning and undergoing treatment for two years, John Clyde Jr. is now back home with his family. (Source: WALB)
John Clyde Jr. was surrounded by friends and family as he celebrated the long-awaited homecoming. (Source: WALB) John Clyde Jr. was surrounded by friends and family as he celebrated the long-awaited homecoming. (Source: WALB)
Pastor John Clyde (Source: WALB) Pastor John Clyde (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Two years after he was struck by lightning, an Albany man is finally back home.

John Clyde Jr., 22, has been in hospitals or recovery centers ever since he was critically injured by a lightning bolt.

In September 2014, doctors gave little hope that John Clyde Jr. would live, but now his family credits the prayers from millions of Christians around the world for his recovery.

John Clyde Jr. was surrounded by friends and family as he celebrated the long-awaited homecoming.

Just over two years ago, John Clyde Jr. was helping a friend change a tire on West First Avenue, when lightning struck a large tree by the driveway, and he went into cardiac arrest. He has been hospitalized, until now.

"It's a wonderful day. I just thank God for this day. Waited two years. Waiting on this day," said Clyde's Father, Pastor John Clyde.

John Clyde Jr. spent three months in Phoebe Putney hospital, most of the time in a coma.  

Then he went to a health care facility in Fitzgerald and finally Albany.

The entire time, Pastor John Clyde's minister friends put out calls on line for prayers, and got great response with people around the world praying for John Clyde Jr.

"All over the internet, all over Facebook, they went in prayer. Calling on this higher power, we trust," explained Pastor John Clyde. "I believe in his son, Jesus. And I do believe because of their prayers and their belief he is here today."

John Clyde Jr. still has a long road of recovery ahead. He has to learn to talk, and hopefully walk again one day.  It may be a long journey but being home is the next step.

"Being home. Two years away from home," said Pastor John Clyde. "And when we pulled up here and he got out of the wheelchair, he started smiling. He was home."

The Clyde family said that the celebration of Junior's life continues.

The Clydes said they want to thank all the Doctors and nurses who cared for their son.

But had a special appreciation for the paramedics, who two years ago pulled him to safety during the fierce lightning storm, and revived him.

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