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CHAPIN, SC (WIS) -
Friends and family of a Midlands man have come together to help raise money for his medical treatment after he fell from an eight story building in New York.
Nigel Colon's family is holding a fundraiser to help pay for his recovery following the almost disastrous fall.
Nigel's sister, Erika, says he means everything to her. "I don't know what I'd do without him," she said.
Things appeared to be looking bright for Nigel having just recently gotten a job as a chef in New York.
After leaving work three weeks ago, Nigel was smoking in his apartment stairwell. Friends say he leaned over a three-foot guard rail and fell eight stories to the ground.
Family members say he was not drinking at the time of the accident.
"When you first hear something like that happen, you don't expect to hear he's alive," friend Nicki Asbury said, "The first thing I thought was that we lost Nigel. Thank God we didn't."
Nigel slipped into a coma. He also suffered head, arm, and leg injuries. His mother says he didn't have insurance.
Friends and family held a benefit for Nigel Sunday at the Blue Coyote Grill to raise money for his mounting medical bills. The place was packed with loved ones offering support.
Family members say Nigel has the brain of a 10-year-old at this moment, but they are hoping for a full recovery.
"He has a second chance," Susan Preston said. "We're going to make sure we make the most of the second chance he has."
"His brain damage is extensive," Erika said. "We can't figure out how bad it is, but I'm not going to treat him any different because he's hurt. He's gonna get better, and that's how it's going to be."
If you would like to donate to help Nigel, you can visit any Bank of America branch and ask for the Nigel Colon Charitable Fund.