Injured Marine, family promised new home by Christmas

Lewis Turner reports. 10/25/16

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Chris Natto is from St. Augustine, went to Pedro Menendez High School, and according to his wife Sydney, always wanted to be a RECON MARINE.

The 26-year-old was a combat diver, and jumped out of planes on a regular basis as a part of his service and training.

But in February, a night jump exercise went wrong and he was seriously injured.

It was a training exercise in North Carolina, and he ended up partially paralyzed.

Chris is still recovering at the VA Hospital in Tampa, but in the meantime, Sydney and their two-year-old son Rhett were in St. Augustine receiving an amazing gift that will change their lives forever.

"I can't begin to tell you how excited he was when he saw the pictures," Sydney said, during the ground breaking ceremony of their new home.

Land and home all being given by Lennar Homes in partnership with the Northeast Florida Builders Associtation.

"Everyone is donating their time, labor, materials and we do it for you," Lennar's Matt Devereaux told Syndey. "We are doing this so you can have the life you're supposed to have."

The home will be specially outfitted for Chris's access and for his rehabilitation as well. Devereaux says it'll all be done in 30 days.

"We get to be a family again," Sydney said. "We get to be together for Christmas and we didn't think that was going to happen."

While she says it's tough being here at home in St. Augustine while Chris recovers in Tampa, she knows very soon the three of them will all be under the same roof.

"These weren't the cards we wanted, but these were the cards we were dealt," she said. "So we're going to play them like a full house."

For more on Chris Natto's story, or to learn how you can continue to help with the construction process through donations just click here. 


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