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Mom who suffered stroke surprises soldier son by walking
HAMERSVILLE, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- Lisa Turner couldn't be more proud of her son, PFC Johnny Turner.
Tuesday afternoon, she was grinning from ear to ear at CVG as she waited for her son's flight to land. Turner has been working on a surprise for her son for several months.
"I can't stand it...I am absolutely coming apart at the seams," said Lisa Turner.
Lisa suffered a stroke in 2009 which left her paralyzed on the left side of her body. It left her unable to speak or walk. But slowly her speech came back. And over the last several months she regained the use of her left arm and her leg.
"They said this shouldn't have happened. But my left arm started working again...and little by little I started being able to use my leg a little," Turner said.
Determined to walk again, Turner has worked with physical therapists at her home. Her primary goal was to surprise Johnny when he came home from Afghanistan. When he left, Lisa hadn't regained the use of her left arm. When Johnny arrived at CVG, Lisa stood up and placed her hands on a walker. With her therapists by her side she took the steps that would lead her into her son's arms.
"I was absolutely astonished," Johnny said. "The last time I saw my mom she had a hard time standing up at the sink. She couldn't lift her arm on her own."
Lisa Turner placed a photo of her son on her refrigerator door. Every time she felt like quitting her therapy she would focus on his photo and walk toward it.
"He has been my driving force. Me just waiting to see his face for the first time to see me walk was everything," Lisa said.
Lisa walking with assistance was also a surprise to her parents.
"It was great and when she first started using her arm, I can't tell you how we felt. We were so happy that day and now to see this it's great," said Lisa's mom, Linnie Clements.
The Turners are a family that are full of surprises. When Local 12's Angenette Levy asked Johnny what he wanted to do while he was home on leave, he turned to his girlfriend, Morgan Merrick, and got down on one knee. PFC Turner proposed and Merrick said yes.
Now the Turner family has a wedding to plan and hopefully, in time for the wedding, Lisa Turner will be able to walk on her own.
"God is good and he's blessed me with a second chance and I know that it's coming," she said.
PFC Turner will be home for two weeks. He will return to Ft. Hood, Texas where he is stationed.
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