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Breathitt Co. man defying odds at NLINE

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

HAZARD, Ky (WYMT) - It's the inspirational story of one man whose life was changed in seconds.

The man from Breathitt County is following his dream and defying the odds despite his disability.

Chris Bunn has been working at NLINE in Hazard for a little more than two weeks, but this barber is a little different than most.

"I had a lot of people back home tell me no you will never graduate," said Bunn.

He was in an accident about five years ago. He was in a coma for three weeks, and loss his hand and the use of his arm.

"It was a real rude awakening. It was real sobering," said Bunn. "My parents pushed me, and me pushing myself. Like I said, disability only takes you so far."

But he never thought he would end up at NLINE, as the only one-armed barber in Kentucky.

"I was getting my hair cut one day in Jackson. I was going through welding school up here in Hazard, and my barber at the time told me if I could weld with one hand, I could cut with one hand," said Bunn.

And as it turned out, he could. But he says he does have to do some things a little differently.

He can't use scissors and relies solely on the clippers. He says owner Gary Vinson also helps out.

Vinson says he never thought twice about asking Chris Bunn to work next to him.

"I feel like if you can cut hair, you can cut hair whether it's one hand or two hands. I just always looked at his personality," said Vinson.

Bunn says with every cut he is getting better.

Chris Bunn says he graduated from Bailey's Barber College in Lexington.

The licensing board told him he is the only one-armed barber in the state.

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