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Man discovers brain tumor after violent robbery

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PHOENIX (NBC) - An Arizona man said he is blessed to be the victim of a robbery.

30-year-old Jeremiah Willey, a husband and father of three and a manager at a convenience store, was attacked during a burglary about two and a half weeks ago.

"He hit me in the head twice pistol whipped me twice, then throughout the whole thing we has nudging me the whole time," Willey said.

Willey and his co-worker survived the attack, but a CT scan of Willey's brain revealed that he had a massive brain tumor.

His wife Alisha Willey was stunned by the news.

"They said had this not been found soon around the time that it was found, he would have gone to sleep one night and not been able to wake up," she said.

Willey is now recovering from the first of three brain surgeries. The tumor turned out to be benign and slow-growing. He has some partial paralysis, slurred speech and loss of hearing that he believes is only temporary. He is alive and his family may actually have a violent criminal to thank.

"Today, while we're in the thick of what's going on right now, it's hard to be thankful for someone so violent and willing to do anything for the money he got and I'm just very blessed my husband is still alive and it wasn't over that morning because it easily could have been because that person just didn't take any value into the life of somebody else," Alisha said.

Phoenix Police are still looking for the suspect.
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