(July 2009, Iowa) A doctor at the University of Iowa's oral surgery clinic
relayed the almost unbelievable story of a patient he had treated in the
emergency room. As you will soon find out, it took a miracle to prevent
this man from taking home the grand prize.
The man, in his late 20's, and his wife were driving down the highway when
they were involved in a one-car accident from which the wife emerged
unscathed, while her husband sustained two broken legs, multiple rib
fractures, a broken arm, a broken collarbone, and the worst facial trauma
the 55-year-old oral surgeon had ever seen. "We put his forehead back
together like a puzzle, intermixing pieces of bone and metal plates."
Wondering how there could be such a fantastic difference in their injuries,
he decided to ask the wife a few questions.
While driving, the couple had been arguing about the man's reckless habits,
specifically his love for "street skating." In an activity almost too
absurd to exist, the participants get a vehicle going at a good speed,
sometimes up to 30 mph, open the door, hang on for dear life, and drag the
soles of their feet on the pavement.
The wife began the discussion in the car that day by using her sane mind to
tell her Evel Knievel wannabe husband that he was going to get killed by
willingly jumping out of, hanging onto, and dragging his feet alongside a
moving vehicle. He set out to prove to his wife that this activity was, in
fact, not dangerous.
Traveling at 60 mph--in a car he himself was driving--he opened the
door, got a good grip, and hopped out, forgetting that he was traveling at
double or triple the "normal" speed for this asinine stunt. His feet
immediately caught the pavement and were pulled out from under him, but he
did not fall from the car quite yet. He held on long enough for the
out-of-control vehicle to roll into a ditch and for him to come into
face-first contact with a telephone pole, stopping the argument faster than
an auctioneer could spit out, "ICanSayIToldYouSo."
Miraculously, this champ will live to fight another day with a fully
functional--or at least as functional as it was prior to the
accident--brain, as he sustained no lasting head injury.
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