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Robbie Scarbrough has produced more than 15 pieces of artwork out of his room at Goodwater Health Center using his mouth. (abc3340.com) Robbie Scarbrough has produced more than 15 pieces of artwork out of his room at Goodwater Health Center using his mouth. (abc3340.com)

Robbie Scarbrough has produced more than 15 pieces of artwork out of his room at Goodwater Health Center using his mouth.

The 45 year old was an artist before he fell off a ladder in 2004. The fall paralyzed him from his chest down. Scarbrough says, "I fell ten feet right on my head on the concrete, it didn't knock me out. I said I can't feel my legs, and I knew right then I was paralyzed."

But it didn't stop him from mastering his craft. His artwork gives his mother hope, "Robbie could've been six feet under the ground. And I look at him and God spared him, and he's alive, and I know one of these days he's going to walk again," says Peggy Carpenter.

Although Scarbrough paints in an odd way, he realizes that he has turned a difficult situation into something positive. He says he will paint as long as he's alive. "I like for people to see what I see; it's just a doorway to something else," says Scarbrough.

His work is currently being showcased at Childersburg library this month and in February.

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