My story starts 1 month after graduating from high school in the year 2004. I was on my way home from swim practice and was engaged in a near fatal car accident. I lost 60 percent of my blood, my heart moved across my chest, lungs collapsed, and my major organs and pelvis were pulverized. I had to be brought back to life 8 times on the operating table.
While in a two month coma, I was not able to move or talk, yet I was aware and could often hear and see. Then, with a lot of support from my family and medical group, I clawed my way back to the living. First blinking my eyelids, then squeezing a hand, I slowly emerged from my locked-in state and went on to make a complete recovery 3 years later, which involved swimming on my college team and crossing the finish line in the year 2007 Hawaii Ironman.
As a healthcare advocate and previous ICU patient who have been transferred throughout the many divisions of the healthcare system, I would like to say “Thank you” to healthcare contributors and all hospital personnel for selecting this path in life and for all that you do each day for your sufferers and their families.
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