"Father he is looking fantastic, but I know your work is not done yet," said the Orlando Police Chaplin as family and friends gathered this afternoon to pray over Will Anderson, a year to the day that he was struck by a suspect in a vehicle while on duty.
Will suffered a traumatic brain injury, a spinal cord injury, and underwent two surgeries, one of which resulted in an infection.
"[I] had complications from that and was in a medically induced coma for a couple weeks, so it's been a long road but I'm here, I'm breathing and able to spend time with my family. That's all that matters," Will told the media this afternoon.
Will says he's in constant pain and has trouble with his vision and short term memory, but his greatest hardship effects his ability to father his daughter Abigail, "My daughter, it's definitely taken a toll on her, whenever I was in the rehab center for 3 1/2 months she didn't want to leave because she didn't know if she'd see me again," Will continued.
As he continues to recover, Will says the person who is accused of hurting him is also suffering, "Not only are we having to go through this and hurt, but I mean you have someone sitting -an 18 year old - sitting in a jail that's been in jail for almost a year, and hasn't been with his family. Not only does it effect us, its effects them."