Fund established to cover medical expenses of injured swimmer

LAWRENCEVILLE - Lloyd "L.G." Mosley recently accepted a full-time teller position with a Conyers bank, but he didn't yet have medical insurance coverage.

And now he needs it.

The 20-year-old suffered a broken neck and severe spinal cord injuries June 15 when he flipped into shallow water at a subdivision pool in Suwanee, potentially paralyzing him from the chest down, a family member said.

Family and friends have established an account to help Mosley pay for mounting medical expenses as he confronts a long-term gauntlet of therapy. He uprooted last year from Nebraska to accept a job with Washington Mutual Bank, which is handling the fund.

Mosley had planned to begin college this fall to major in marketing or advertising, said his father, Lloyd Mosley.

Since the accident, Mosley has struggled with breathing problems and a lung infection, and he still has no sensation in his lower body, his father said.

Once his condition stabilizes, Mosley will be transferred to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, a leading rehabilitation and research hospital for people with spinal-cord injuries. His family hopes physical therapy, occupational therapy and counseling will help him in coping with the injury, "learning basic skills of everyday life, and rediscovering the fulfilling life that lies ahead for him," said the elder Mosley.

Fire Department officials credited friends and bystanders with pulling Mosley from the water and starting CPR. Gwinnett police officers resumed his breathing as medical personnel arrived.

Donations will be accepted at any Washington Mutual Bank branch or may be mailed to:

Washington Mutual Bank, Conyers-Rockdale Square Financial Center 7442 1910 Highway 20, Suite 70 Conyers, GA 30013. Attn: Lloyd G. Mosley Acct No. 5081