Woman has faith to walk again after church event accident - WSMV Channel 4

Woman has faith to walk again after church event accident

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A local woman says her church has turned its back on her after a freak accident.

Maribel Morales was left paralyzed at a festival with her parish in September.

She was simply taking pictures of an annual tradition at St. Mark Catholic Church in Manchester, during which churchgoers climb a pole to get to the prize on top. But, the pole snapped and struck Morales in the head.

Her attorney says the pole had decayed and hadn't been properly cared for.

Morales doesn't have insurance and the accident has left her unable to work.

Morales used to be very active, working two jobs in Manchester to support her three children. She loved her life in Middle Tennessee with her brother and her boyfriend after they came to Coffee County from Mexico City.

And, with a deep faith, they quickly found a spiritual home at St. Mark.

The church's insurance company originally offered Morales help after the accident. However, Morales' attorney says the church has since backed out of that agreement and has left them no choice but to file suit against the church, their insurance company and the Catholic Diocese of Nashville.

Now, Morales is left with mounting medical bills for her twice-weekly therapy sessions, a wheelchair that isn't even the right size and a hospital bed that doesn't always work the way it should.

Despite all of that, Morales refuses give up hope that she will one day walk again, and she still leans on her faith to get her through the day.

Channel 4 News contacted the Catholic Diocese of Nashville for comment. They said their attorneys have not yet been served with the lawsuit, and they feel it would be inappropriate to comment without reviewing the suit first.

A fund has been set up to help Morales with her medical care. You can send donations to the Maribel Morales injury fund at P.O. Box 190695, Nashville, TN, 37219.

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