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Man dodges death twice – but now he’s homeless

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Neighbors in Huffman are banding together to help someone who is either the luckiest man they know – or the unluckiest.

Remember that terrible storm, a few weeks back? Gary Manley does, because that's the day he almost died. Twice.

First, when three trees fell on the travel trailer where he lives.

"I thought I had been in a car wreck," said the 67-year-old Manley, "because I woke up to the noise and it lifted up that end of the trailer when the trees hit this end."

The bed where Gary Manley normally sleeps was crushed. But he survived because he'd slept instead on the floor near the door.

Manley says he wasn't feeling well that night and he wanted to be easy to find, in case he had to call an ambulance.

That brings us to his second brush with death. The stress of the close call – and of being trapped in his trailer – triggered a heart attack. And Manley eventually had to undergo open-heart surgery.

Now, his community is trying to collect donations to repair or replace Gary Manley's mangled travel trailer. It's not much. But it's all he had.

"Whether it's to help build something here, maybe donate a travel trailer, something," said neighbor Sandra Tressler, "so this man can come back to home."

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