For a split second Karl Sangree thought he’d gotten lucky: when he landed on the ground after being thrown from his motorcycle, there was no blood and there were no bones piercing his skin. Maybe it wasn’t going to be so bad after all. And then 800 pounds of the Harley Davidson that had skidded and became airborne landed on his body and crushed his mid-section. So much for luck.
The police and an ambulance soon arrived to rush Sangree to the hospital. He had four pelvic fractures, two hip fractures, three crushed vertebrae and six broken ribs. Doctors performed a tracheotomy, attached him to a ventilator—and summoned his three children to bid him goodbye. But after three-and-a-half weeks in an induced coma, Sangree awakened in the intensive care unit. A few weeks later, after a stint in rehab, he went home. That was April of 2012.Read More