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Published on May 19th, 2016 |

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Portofino restaurant raising funds for employee injured in wreck

Portofino’s in Buckhead is raising funds for a former employee who suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a wrong-way driver and has accumulated massive medical bills of reportedly more than $1 million.

Kent Dowell worked as a waiter for 27 years. But after the accident, he was in a coma with several broken bones and serious burns. After the collision, Dowell suffered two broken feet, several broken ribs and a broken pelvis. Dowell has been out of work since the accident.

Dowell’s GoFundMe page says he hasn’t been able to walk in 12 months and is awaiting surgery for a blood clot in his left leg … all of this, after seven surgeries and two more needed to walk again.

For the remainder of May and the month of June, Portofino will donate 25 percent of the proceeds if customers order the roasted red pepper radiatore. The dish is a favorite of Dowell’s, who says he could eat it every single day.

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