Newberry commissioner Coleman sends message to supporters

Newberry Commissioner Ricky Coleman said he expects to be out of therapy and home by mid-April, according to a video his wife posted to Facebook on Monday. 

His message: “Ricky Coleman’s gettin’ it done.”

While seated on an exercise machine moving his arms and legs, Coleman said he would be coming home by April 15 or 16.

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“Thanks to everybody who’s calling and checking up on me,” he said to the camera.

In a March 30 video of Coleman working on walking with two therapists, Marcy Coleman commented that her husband “is working hard to be able to walk and get back home.”

Coleman’s last in-person appearance at a City of Newberry regular meeting was on Dec. 14, 2020.

In a Jan. 3, 2021 post on his Facebook page, Coleman wrote that he had contracted COVID-19 along with many of his family members: “This crap is bad and real!! At least social distance,” he wrote.

The page has no posts or updates since that date.

On Jan. 19, Newberry Mayor Jordan Marlowe announced on Facebook that Coleman had been hospitalized with COVID-19.

“He is stable, but is on a ventilator,” Marlowe reported.

The next day, Marlowe wrote that Coleman was “off the ventilator, and is doing well. Commissioner Coleman isn’t out of the woods yet, and there are many more in our community who continue to need our thoughts, prayers, and help.” 

Before Marlowe asked for the approval of the Feb. 8 regular meeting agenda, Commissioner Tim Marden moved to excuse the absences of Commissioner Ricky Coleman due to his battle with COVID-19.

The next week, Denese Clark set up a GoFundMe account on behalf of Marcy Coleman to help with medical expenses. As of April 9, the page has raised $7,650 toward the goal of $10,000.

On March 16, Marcy Coleman commented on the account that to say her husband is doing well.

“He will be moved to an inpatient rehab facility this week for more intense therapy,” Coleman wrote. “Your donations, thoughts & prayers have been humbling & much appreciated.”

On Thursday Marlowe announced on his Facebook page, “A couple of days ago, I had the chance to visit Commissioner Coleman. He is healing well, and he will be returning home soon. It is truly a pleasure for me to be able to announce that he will, if all goes well, be returning to his seat by the end of this month!”

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