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Co-workers help Midlands man reunite with his wife and son

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It was an emotional reunion Thursday for a Midlands man who has been apart from his family for almost seven years.

David Beer, an employee at Lexington Medical Center has been working since 2006 to bring the rest of his family from West Africa to the United States.

With the help of Beer's co-workers, his wife and one of his son's are now in Columbia.

David has lived in the U.S. since 2006 after winning a job lottery in Liberia.

"It's hard, that's all," David said.

The wait, the work and the eagerness to see his family in person has been building up to when his family landed at Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

Since David started working in the United States, he has been able to save up half the money to move his family.

When his co-workers heard, it only took about two months to raise the rest and get the legal paperwork filed.

" [I'm] overjoyed to see my dad again," David's son said. "We are a family."

David's co-workers also gave the Beer's family gift cards to help get them settled in.

"I'm so thankful to God, and to my co-workers," David said. "We're going to go home, get some rest. Tomorrow, we're going to cook a big African dish, I wish you could come around."

The director of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation says they are committed to bringing Beer's other children to Columbia so the family can be together.

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