Benefit held for blind man hit by car

Osmon Koroma. (Undated courtesy photo)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Osmon Koroma remains in critical condition after he was hit by a car in Wyoming last month.

Authorities  said Koroma was walking down Division Avenue near 56th street in Wyoming on March 19 when he was hit. He had his guide dog, Gala, with him at the time of the crash. The dog died on scene.

Koroma is a refuge that fled from West Africa and came to America with his family in 2005. He is also blind.

Koroma is listed in critical condition at a Grand Rapids hospital, but his family said he has been moved out of ICU.

“When we got to the hospital the night it happened the doctor said he only had 24 hours. That was not good news to hear,” said Josephine Koroma, Osmon’s sister.

Osmon Koroma’s family feared the worst, but true to his nature Osmon, or “Ozzie” as his friends and family call him, has been strong and continues to fight.

On Saturday he spoke for the first time since the crash.

“He had a tube in his throat so I was not expecting him to talk. So when I say Ozzie he said Dad. I said are you talking? He said yeah,” said Osmon’s father, Adama Koroma.

Friends and family gathered for a benefit for Osmon on Saturday to help raise money for his mounting medical bills.

Originally the event was going to be a fundraiser for the non-profit “Opportunities Unlimited For The Blind,” an organization Ozzie is an integral part of.

In fact, before the crash Osmon was planning the very event that would turn into a benefit for him.

“I know he would be proud to see this going on today,” said Osmon’s dad.

Some of the money raised Saturday will still go to “Opportunities Unlimited For The Blind.” If you would like to make a donation to the non-profit organization click here.

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