by: Manuel Bojorquez Updated:
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga.,None - In many ways, Demetrius Randle is learning to do the things he once taught his own children to do.
He’s learned how to sit up, how to pick things up, how to eat. Now, he's taking his first steps ... again.
"It's a miracle," said Randle's sister-in-law, Sulianna Chandler of Buford.
Almost four years ago, Randle survived a crash on Interstate 85 in Gwinnett County that killed his two children, Whitney and Alex Randle, and as his grandson, Kayden Randle-Finley.
The crash also killed the man driving the Randle family from the airport that night in March, Mark Gay.
It happened near Indian Trail Road, on the northbound lanes. The driver of another car, Cody Rhoden, pleaded guilty in connection with the crash in 2010.
During that plea hearing, Randle was still in a wheelchair. Now, cellphone video shows him taking his first steps on his own at his home in Salt Lake City where the family now lives.
"Just to see him do that, it was just unbelievable," Chandler said.
She said doctors gave Randle only eight hours to live after taking him off life support after the crash, but he fought to stay alive. Now he's fighting to overcome the major physical and emotional scars and, at the same time, inspiring those who know him.
In the video, Randle's wife, Falleen, can be heard encouraging him as she shoots the footage.
"Go, sweetie," she says.
Channel 2 Action News reporter Manuel Bojorquez reached the couple in Utah via Skype.
"I know he's such a soldier and such a strong person, that I just kind of always knew he would (walk again)," Falleen Randle said.
Back in Buford, Chandler shed tears as she talked about her belief that the loved ones they lost are now helping Randle recover.
"Chills down my spine," she said. "I know these babies are with their daddy and they're helping him. They're just saying, 'C'mon dad, c'mon dad, you can do it. Keep pushing.'"
Demetrius Randle is still learning how to speak again but he was able to put together a response to hearing that people think his recovery is amazing.
"Thank you," he said.
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