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Yow ‘thankful’ to be back at work

Two-and-a-half months ago former Guilford County Commissioner Billy Yow was clinging to life in the intensive care unit after a well drilling accident.

But on Monday, Yow was back to work.

Yow was drilling a well in Colfax, when what he says a “freak” thing happened–a pressurized pipe struck him in the head.

EMS rushed Yow to Baptist Hospital where he would spend weeks in the ICU. His list of injuries included trauma to his head, several broken facial bones and a broken neck, just to name a few.

While he credits the doctors and staff there with saving him, he remembers it being one of the hardest times in his life.

“The whole 30 years in the well drilling business, everyday of my life with the exception of Sunday’s we get up and go to work. I was raised to believe that if you want it.. you have to work for it, and if you work hard enough you can have it and have more,” he explained.

It may be that philosophy that spurred Yow’s fast recovery.

“I was told by doctors, nurses by many folks throughout the hospital, prior to me leaving that I was a walking miracle there,” he said.

His urge to get back to business only worsened once he was released. Everyday he would see his drilling rigs pass his house, so he says he pushed a little harder to prove to the doctors he was ready to get back to work.

“I was happier than I was the day I came home,” Yow said.

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