GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — A security guard shot multiple times in an ambush-style attack at a Gwinnett County hotel is finally home from the hospital.
Will Hudson was shot eight times and wasn’t expected to make it. Doctors said they were worried about him from the moment he was rushed into Gwinnett Medical on Sept 1.
Hudson, who doctors call a “miracle patient,” was released Thursday afternoon. He spent weeks in a coma.
“It’s been tough, but I thank God I’m here,” Hudson told Channel 2’s Tony Thomas.
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Hudson still suffers from some of the effects of being shot multiple times but says he’s alive and that’s all that matters.
“People don't get eight shots. Some people only get one and it's over with and I got eight,” he said.
Hudson was working as an overnight security guard at a Norcross Extended Stay motel when police say resident Xavier Geder attacked the 46-year-old.
“I seen the guy on my left. I had no problems with the guy, and all of a sudden he started shooting,” Hudson said.
Hudson tried to crawl to safety but collapsed.
“He came up at me and shot me three more times. Then he went to shoot me in the head and the gun jammed,” Hudson said.
Policed arrested Geder a few days later. He's still in jail.
“We prayed and prayed and God heard our prayers,” Hudson’s mother said.
The family also credits trauma doctor Luttrell Toussaint.
“He is our angel. He brought us our miracle back and we appreciate that,” Hudson’s wife, Michelle Rucker, said. "This is just the perfect Christmas gift.”
The doctor credits the nurses, other doctors and his now former patient.
“He really is a miracle patient. He is someone that we looked at and were worried about from day one," Toussaint said.
Hudson says while he wants justice, he has no hatred toward the man who shot him.
As for the future, the family now struggles with how to pay the bills with no income. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help. Long term, Hudson says he loves to cook, and wants to one day open his own restaurant.
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