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Josh Osborne Story Remains An Inspiration To Many

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by Nick Beres

LAVERGNE, Tenn. - Josh Osborne survived amazing hardship during his young life. He made headlines eight years ago when Wilson County detectives rescued him from his father and stepmother's home.  Josh told them they had chained him to a bed and starved him.

"I was so hungry," Josh said at the time.

He was 15 and weighed only fifty pounds. His parents were convicted of attempted aggravated child neglect and sentenced to prison. Josh went to live with his aunt.

Since then, Josh has never looked back. He's now 23 years old and has dedicated his life now to helping others, especially children in need.

"He has matured. He's learning to become a leader," said his aunt Tammie Dozier.

NewsChannel 5 caught up with Josh for his first interview in nearly five years. As one of middle Tennessee's favorite sons viewers are always asking for an update on Josh.

"He's always seen the good in people and he wants to do good," said Dozier.

Josh still battles with his health. He was the youngest heart transplant recipient in Tennessee as an infant, and his kidneys have failed, so he must undergo nine hours of dialysis a day. Couple all that with the bitter treatment from his parents and you might think he's angry at his father.

"I still love him. I'm still praying for him. I forgave him a long time ago," said Josh.

Josh said his focus is on his job at Goodwill and volunteering at Springhouse Tutorial, which is a co-op for homeschoolers. Josh has also dedicated himself to fighting for tougher laws on child abuse.

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