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Inspirational stories of people who beat medical odds

When a loved one suffers extreme physical trauma, it may seem like the end of the world. The prognosis may look dismal, and you may feel helpless and hopeless. While this reality is certainly true for many people, it is not a guaranteed fate.

Time after time, people beat the odds against them and not only recover, but also do things they never did before getting hurt. Here are two such stories of miraculous healing after severe injury.

The little Illinois boy who rode a bike again

Children are the most vulnerable, but can also be the most resilient. One little boy from Walnut, west of Chicago, was outside riding his electric scooter when he lost control. He went into the road, where a semi-truck hit him, fracturing his skull and breaking both of his femurs and his pelvic bone.

Doctors put him in a coma for a few weeks and said he would not be able to do normal activities again, such as eat on his own. However, one month and 11 surgeries later, he was, in fact, eating on his own. In just a little over three months after the accident, he could walk and ride a bike again.

The college student who returned to school

College is the time for fulfilling dreams, not having freak accidents dash them to pieces. But one young man attending Indiana University did not let his traumatic incident stop him from pursuing his educational goals. After a skiing accident, he sustained a serious TBI and stayed in the ICU for three weeks. He could not communicate, had a hard time staying conscious and lost his memory. He had to relearn even the simplest movements, such as sitting up.

He did not want to lose his mobility and independence, so he put in extra effort in physical therapy. In less than a year, he could run, bike and exercise again. He still struggled with memory, so he started off with community college classes and earned high grades. He eventually returned to Indiana University.

  1. "Committed To My Cause"

    I was struck by a car while cycling and severely, almost fatally injured. A team of excellent medical professionals performed complicated and extensive surgical and medical procedures as part of a successful effort to restore my health....
    -Jeff D.

  2. "Could not have made a better choice"

    We found Mark [Mathys] through the web after an auto accident in October 2011. While selecting someone you don't know to represent you can be a gamble, we could not have made a better choice....
    - Dave

  3. "Very satisfied"

    Mark [Mathys] is very professional. He responds almost immediately, via email, to any question, comment or concern I have and if he is not able to respond right away, he will let me know. I have been very satisfied with Mark so far and I am happy to be his client.
    -Jennifer

  4. "Easy to talk to"

    Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid were very professional and easy to talk to. Prior to working with them, my wife and I had no real experience with the legal system beyond a house closing, yet Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid explained the whole process to us very well. I knew that whenever I had a concern about our case or the legal system in general I could call their office or send an email and receive answers the same day... -Larry

  5. "Provided very wise advice"

    I've dealt with attorneys on a variety of issues, almost all of them since leaving college and entering the workplace. Mr. Mathys was the first attorney I had any real experience with, and I was impressed then and remain so. He provided very wise advice and always kept me informed. In the end, he delivered a favorable result. I recommend him highly.
    - Tyler D.

  6. "In-depth knowledge of the law"

    Mark [Schneid] is an excellent and skilled attorney and demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the law when he helped settle my dog bite lawsuit resulting from a traumatic incident. He explained what was needed of me and how I should handle the situation in a professional manner.
    - Karen K.

  7. "They went to bat for me"

    Not long ago I was involved in a car accident where I was hit by a gravel truck at an intersection. After I called Mathys & Schneid, even though I didn't have a very large case, they made me feel like I was one of their most important cases. They went to bat for me with the trucking company's insurance and got me a settlement. I would definitely recommend them to my family and friends. -Dan H.

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