Woman comes out of drug rehab after being hit by car

Shepherd Center employees lined the halls to applaud Barbara Jones as she stepped out.

ATLANTA – After months in rehab, Barbara Jones has left the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.

She’s been working there for over 20 years, but since June she’s been spending time on the other side as a patient.

Jones was struck by a car while crossing Peachtree Road. She said the car left and was taken to Grady’s hospital.

Co-workers and family have created a GoFund Me page to help Jones in his recovery. To date, over $ 8,000 has been raised.

She told 11Alive that she suffered numerous leg and hip injuries from the hit and run, requiring her to undergo surgery.

As a beloved employee of The Shepherd Center, Ms. Barbara has cared for all of us, our facilities, our patients and our families for over 20 years. We have been honored to return the favor over the past few months as we have taken care of her throughout her months of hard work and rehabilitating for the injuries she sustained when she was struck by a car in June. Today our staff gathered to celebrate the fact that Mrs. Barbara marked a milestone as she walked through the doors of the Shepherd Center and returned home with her family. Thank you to our friends at GradyHealth and our team at the Shepherd Center Global Rehabilitation Unit for taking such good care of her. We love you, Mrs. Barbara! #HopeIsHere #ShepherdDayInTheLife

Posted by Shepherd Center on Friday, October 1, 2021

“It all happened so fast,” she said. “People are driving like crazy on this street.”

While undergoing surgeries, therapy and rehabilitation at the Shepherd Center, she said her only goal was to get out and return home to be with her family.

She made her goal a reality on Friday.

“I was in a lot of pain,” Jones said. “But I did what I said I was going to do.”

Shepherd Center workers lined the halls to applaud Jones as she stepped out to return home and be with her family.

She said she was grateful for the teams who supported her to take care of her during her recovery.

His recovery is not over. She said she still had many doctor’s appointments.

“I keep pushing, keep pushing,” she said. “It will get better.”

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