LAWRENCEVILLE - Lloyd "L.G." Mosley was literally born a fighter. His mother struggled through 22 hours of grueling labor before Mosley conceded to doctors and came into this world.
Now, relegated to a hospital bed in Lawrenceville, the 20-year-old is facing the fight of his life.
Mosley, a Conyers resident, suffered spinal cord injuries Sunday at a public subdivision pool in Suwanee, potentially paralyzing him from the neck down, his father said. Unable to speak, Mosley's eyes are open, but his body remains numb, no sensation whatsoever.
"His spinal cord is beyond repair," said Mosley's father, Lloyd Mosley, a sales manager from St. Petersburg, Fla., who has rooted himself bedside at Gwinnett
Medical Center in Lawrenceville. "He definitely knows that we're here. But we haven't talked to him about the long-term."
The elder Mosley said his son is the victim of typical boys-being-boys summertime antics.
He was visiting "a friend of a friend" Sunday evening at a shallow community pool in the Little Suwanee Pointe subdivision, his father said. As friends were packing up for the night, Mosley opted to perform one more flip off the pool's ledge into 41/2 feet of water. He
Fire Department officials credited friends and bystanders with pulling Mosley from the water and starting CPR. One friend in particular - Brynner Bolivar, 21, Mosley's roommate and co-worker - deserves credit for "saving my child's life," Lloyd Mosley said.
Gwinnett police officers cleared the victim's airway, and he resumed breathing as medical personnel arrived, said Gwinnett police Sgt. C.F. Moore.
Mosley uprooted from Nebraska a year ago to climb the company ladder with Washington Mutual Bank in Conyers, where he worked as a teller.
"He's very personable, always laughing," said Alicia DeLoach, Mosley's branch manager. "He's very well-known with my customers."
The elder Mosley said his son - a 6-foot tall, 190-pound lifelong athlete - is custom-built to take on challenges. Even one as severe as paralysis.
"He's a ball of fire - an honest, hard-working kid," Lloyd Mosley said. "I'm sure God works in mysterious ways. I believe in the power of prayer."