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Trauma Survivor Stories

Scars of the Past Drive Toby Harris Toward the Future

Toby Harris isn’t sure whether her memories are her own or belong to the people who saw her through the darkest days of her life. Struck by a car while crossing a street late one summer night, Toby was hurtled 40 feet through the air. After an 11-minute ambulance ride...

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Despite Tragedy, Quin Lewis Lives Life to the Fullest

“I could get hit by a bus tomorrow,” is a phrase people commonly use to defend an indulgence or a short-sighted goal. Agonizing over whether to dip into your savings for a trip to Aruba? “I could get hit by a bus tomorrow; I’m going to enjoy my life now!” Perhaps...

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Recovery Requires Patience

The Baton Rouge policemen who were first to arrive at the scene of the crash declared Mark Smith’s injuries unsurvivable. He had been making a left-hand turn through an intersection he’d traversed hundreds of times when a driver in a Chevy Tahoe ignored the light and...

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Surgeons Put Jon Esquivel Back Together Again

Jonathan Esquivel is a case study in pelvic reconstruction. When surgeons who have seen the x-rays of his injuries learn that the man is walking, even running, they are dumbfounded. “They assume I’m in a wheelchair, if not dead,” chuckles Jon, a San Antonio Police...

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