TY PENNINGTON SURGERY, JEFF FOXWORTHY GUEST APPEARANCE ALL PART OF STORY INVOLVING TRAGIC HARPER FAMILY LIVING IN UNSANITARY CONDITIONS
Fixing leaky faucets. Tightening jiggly doorknobs. Evicting a family of opossums living in the backyard.
As any homeowner knows, to-do lists can be a pain in the butt. For Ty Pennington, though, the big, whopping to-do list for “Extreme Makeover” was more like a pain in the appendix.
Pennington was preparing to film an episode of the home makeover show in his hometown of Atlanta when he underwent surgery for a perforated appendix, a potentially life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention.
In the episode to be broadcast Sunday, June 5, viewers will see that apparently, not even major surgery can slow Pennington, who did what he could from his hospital bed, and later was involved in the reveal of the home to the Harper Family.
And while Pennington's good nature often brings a smile out of viewers and the staff involved in “Extreme Makeover,” the Harpers' tragic story does not.
Several years ago, Patricia and Milton Harper lost their two-year-old son when he choked on his food. At the time, the family was living in an economically-depressed area in Brooklyn, New York. The paramedics couldn't get to the child in time to save his life.
The tragedy convinced the couple that they had had enough with Brooklyn.
By working additional hours and saving all the money they could, the Harpers packed up their family and bought their first home, a 1,400 square-foot, four-bedroom ranch house outside Atlanta.
What these first-time homeowners didn't know was they had just bought a money pit. Unaware of any problems when they purchased the home, the Harpers soon found themselves knee-high in raw sewage.
The Harpers have been living in their minivan because of bacteria in the house.
To add insult to tragedy, the family minivan was involved in an accident. The Harpers were dealt yet another blow when a rainstorm produced a gaping hole in the ceiling.
The Harpers are emotionally and financially drained. The design team, Atlanta-based national homebuilder Beazer Homes and hundreds of workers and volunteers provided the Harpers with a clean and stable living environment. Comedian Jeff Foxworthy, who lives in Georgia, lent a hand. Meanwhile, the family went on vacation to Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
The design team for this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will feature team leader Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo, Michael Moloney, Constance Ramos, Ed Sanders and Eduardo Xol. The series is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding and executive-produced by Tom Forman and co-executive produced by Denise Cramsey.