Phoenix family struggles to adapt following a devastating crash

PHOENIX (KSAZ) -- Last October, Tony Garcia had just dropped his wife off at work when he was struck from behind, causing serious injuries.

Garcia spine was severed, and he paralyzed from the waist down. The transition to their new life has been hard for the Garcias, and they are hoping for some help this Thanksgiving.

Tony and Angie Garcia have been together for 22 years, but this was not the life together that they imagined.

"This situation that we're in, it hit us hard, really really hard," said Angie.

13 months ago, Tony was on his way to work when he tried to avoid a fishtailing truck on I-17.

"The truck behind me, a Dodge Durango, slammed into the back of my car," said Tony. "The impact instantly shattered my spine. I went back and just felt my spine tingling."

Paralyzed from the waist down, it's not been easy for Tony. Now, he needs to be dependent on others for the rest of his life.

"It hurts to see my family like this," said Tony. "I hate to see my wife doing everything. She has to go to work, take care of me and go back to work."

Angie says transportation is unreliable, at a time when doctors appointments are frequent.

"Taking too long to pick us up, and we've had to lie to them and tell them that our appointment is two hours early, and they still come late," said Angie.

She needs her own van, and he's asking for help. It's something Tony clearly doesn't want to do.

"I was the one that was able to take care of everybody," said Tony.

Through their despair, however, life on Earth is still a blessing on this Thanksgiving holiday.

"I'm happy he's here, I'm happy he's home," said Angie.

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