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Eternally grateful

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center | Intensive Care (ICU)

It was 1 a.m., July 1, 2005, when I crossed a dark street, dressed in dark clothing, and was hit by a car in a 45 mph zone at full impact. I was thrown about 30 feet and sustained a severe head injury, broken ribs, broken pelvis and a badly broken right leg.

I was taken to the emergency room in Eureka, Calif., where I reside. There were no trauma centers with available rooms, except for Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. I wasn’t expected to live to make it to the hospital by air, but I did.

With care from the great doctors and nurses, I healed while in a coma for six weeks. When I awoke, I had no recollection of how I got to the hospital. As days and weeks went by, my brain started to work and I began to remember things and people. I learned to walk with an external fixator on my right leg. I was a patient at Legacy Emanuel for about three months before I was discharged.

I’ve recovered much of my long-term memory. I walk with a cane about half a mile a day –– I have lots of friends and family, and I’m very happy. I owe my life to the wonderful, caring people at Legacy Emanuel and their excellence in modern medicine. I am eternally grateful.

— Daniel A. Moors