Published: Oct 23, 2011 10:34 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 24, 2011 12:41 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The victim in a Lehigh Acres burglary is speaking out from his hospital bed.

Thursday night, Christopher Mathews was dragged down the road by the thieves truck and had to be life-flighted to Lee Memorial Hospital.

The 34-year-old will likely be stuck in a hospital bed for several weeks.

Mathews says one of his biggest hopes right now, is that the men who put him there make an effort to turn their lives around.

"I would like these guys to turn themselves in," Mathews says. "They're young. And why throw your life away?"

The night of the burglary, Mathews and his brother Sean arrived to find two men robbing Sean's Lehigh Acres home.

When the brothers approached the thieves, the burglars jumped in a truck, smashed into Sean's car, then starting heading towards Mathews.

"If I didn't grab onto the truck, they would have flipped me over the truck, or pulled me underneath the truck and ran over me with all four tires," Mathews says.

He was dragged more than 500 feet before letting go, leaving 90 percent of his body covered in road rash.

"My rump is completely rashed up, my back is done, my hands, my face," he says.

Most of the damage is to his legs, which now require multiple surgeries and possibly months of rehab.

After being laid off, then just recently landing a job as a truck driver, Mathew says his biggest frustration is not being able to go back to work.

"I'm in a position where I can support my wife and my family, and I feel like it's been all taken away from me right now," he says.

He would like to ask the men who did this, if it was worth it.

"They threw their life away for what? Some TV, some stuff? That's not even going to put food on their table for their family," he says.

Authorities say the two men made off with more than $5,000 worth of electronics and firearms.

Those items and the thieves' truck, which was stolen, were recovered less than two miles away.

So far, deputies say the men haven't been caught.