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GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - A man is recovering after a massive tree crashed through a window of his parent's home and left him trapped underneath. His family says he just happened to be sitting in the wrong place at the wrong time.
"Words can't even explain. It was very traumatic," his mom, Alesa Wiggins, said.
Wiggins says her son, 27-year-old George Wiggins II, could have died when the huge tree crashed through a window where he was sitting. The family is thankful a part of the tree hit the roof and broke.
"Had it not broken, that whole upstairs floor would have come down on my son and my son would be a memory today," his father Kevin Wiggins said.
The incident happened around 8:30 Monday night as the family ate dinner and watched television at their Riverglen Circle home in Suwanee.
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"My son was sitting here eating," Kevin Wiggins said.
He said all of a sudden he heard his son screaming, "and it was like a crushing sound coming through the window," the father said.
He saw his son under the tree and under the broken glass table.
"So the table, the glass from the window and the tree were all on top of my son," Kevin Wiggins said.
Alesa Wiggins rushed over to help her son.
"He's on the floor and he's bleeding," she said.
She said her son was cut everywhere.
"He's in serious pain. In fact, he was faint. He was like, 'OK. OK. I don't think I can make it,'" the mother said.
George Wiggins' younger brother transported him to the hospital after the family said 911 said it would take awhile before paramedics arrived.
"He's got 76 stitches. I mean, he's got a concussion," his father said.
The Wiggins family can't understand how a family night ended with their son seriously injured by a tree that seemed to come out of nowhere.
"You only see stuff like this in movies," Alesa Wiggins said.
George Wiggins is home recovering. He is in a lot of pain, but his family said they are fortunate he is still alive.
They said they have learned a valuable lesson about how dangerous trees can be.
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