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Midwest City family gets donated roof

Sue Bridges wrote a post on Facebook about not being able to afford a new roof because of her husband’s medical problem. Parker Bros. Roofing and Affordable Contruction Co., two competing contractors based in the Oklahoma City metro area, took on the job for free.
By Catherine Sweeney, Business Writer Modified: July 23, 2014 at 10:00 pm •  Published: July 22, 2014


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Sue Bridges is all smiles when she talks about her new roof Tuesday. Two companies agreed to install a new roof after the Bridges family suffered financial problems because of her husband’s medical problems. 
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Sue Bridges is all smiles when she talks about her new roof Tuesday. Two companies agreed to install a new roof after the Bridges family suffered financial problems because of her husband’s medical problems. Photos by David McDaniel, The Oklahoman David McDaniel - The Oklahoman

Her hazel eyes filled with tears as she watched the sweat-drenched roofers lay shingles.

“It’s a blessing, it’s a blessing, it’s a blessing,” Sue Bridges said.

She and her husband, Perry, have needed a new roof since January. But after Perry’s disabling medical emergency in September, paying for one wasn’t possible.

After being rejected by various nonprofit and government programs, they felt hopeless.

“Nobody would help,” she said.

In one last attempt, Sue wrote a post about her situation on Facebook.

Parker Bros. Roofing and Affordable Contruction Co., two competing contractors based in the metro area, took on the job for free.

Health issues

On Sept. 20, Perry suffered an aortic dissection. The major artery carrying blood out of his heart tore.

He was given a 1 percent chance to live, Sue said. Against all odds, he did. But it wasn’t easy — physically, emotionally, or financially.

In the process, he spent months in the hospital. For 26 days, he was in a coma. He contracted infections he had to fight.

Sue hardly left his side during the months of hospitalization.

“I said, ‘I walked in here with you; I’m walking out of here with you,’” she said.

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