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Young man with severed leg awakes

ST. PETERSBURG — Andrew Hall, the man who lost a leg when he was hit by a suspected drunk driver outside his Safety Harbor home on April 20, is conscious and speaking, family members said Thursday.

"They took the trach (tube) out yesterday and took him out of sedation and he just started talking," said Mary Arana-Andersen, who is a mother figure to Hall. "He's doing wonderful."

Hall, 19, underwent a fourth surgery Tuesday at Bayfront Medical Center to clean and treat the site of his severed left leg, Arana-Andersen said. Doctors postponed a surgery to repair his crushed pelvis as Hall continues to battle an infection, she said.

Hall told family members he remembers walking outside to meet a friend, but said he doesn't have any memories of the accident itself.

Detectives with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office have said they believe that Joshua West of Tampa was driving the car that hit Hall, but he has not yet been charged with a crime.

West was released from the hospital on April 22. A day later, the state Department of Corrections issued a warrant for his arrest on a probation violation. Authorities have not been able to locate him.

An attorney for Hall has set up a nonprofit charitable organization to accept donations for Hall's continued care, the Andrew S. Hall Charitable Fund.

An address for donations will be released soon. In the meantime, cards and letters for Hall can continue to be sent to his home address at 1850 Main St., Apt. D, Safety Harbor, FL 34695.

Young man with severed leg awakes 04/30/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 30, 2009 10:34pm]
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