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.