Soccer Player Recovering After Nearly Dying in Collision
CALIFORNIA- Patch.com writes that a soccer player was involved in a horrific collision in 2018 that left him with life-threatening injuries. The victim was a member of the California State University San Marcos and was traveling with his father to a game when their car was involved in the collision.*
The car they were in collided with barrels before being struck by another vehicle that was traveling at an estimated 80 miles per hour. The injuries the young athlete sustained included a collapsed lung, torn ureter, torn ligaments, and multiple bone fractures, including his elbow, femur, pelvis, hip, and bones in his neck. The crash also caused damage to his internal organs, including his kidneys and liver, and he lost around eight pints of blood. At the hospital, he was placed on life support, and for six days, he remained in a coma. The family was told that he might never wake up.
Fortunately, he did wake up and is now thriving as a personal trainer. The young man from Chula Vista is currently 22, and in addition to returning to the soccer field, he will be completing his degree in 2021. Following graduation, his plan is to become a firefighter.
Family and friends say that the victim's mental toughness was what really helped him to overcome the terrible injuries. One of his friends and trainers praised the young man's hard work, claiming that his work ethic was what allowed the victim to beat the odds and exceed all expectations for his recovery.
The athlete and student said that he was told it might take him years just to speak and walk again. Now he hopes his story will inspire others.
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