Man survives life-threatening motorcycle accident

Published: Jul. 4, 2010 at 3:08 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 13, 2010 at 2:28 PM EDT
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Reported by Claire Hosmann - bio|email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Erik Fugunt crashed his motorcycle on River Road in April. He hit debris that sent him flying into a tree.

Fugunt suffered life-threatening injuries and emergency workers did not expect him to survive.

"They didn't know if I had brain damage or not," said Fugunt. "They assumed I did."

He didn't have brain damage. He was unconscious. When he woke up ten days later, doctors told him he would never walk again.

But Fugunt was determined to overcome his disabilities.

"I proved them wrong first by surviving," said Fugunt. "They didn't expect me to survive at all and I have moved my legs since then."

Dr. Mindy Merritt was part of the team that worked with Fugunt. She said his recovery is nothing short of miraculous.

"I hate to say that we never thought he'd make it, but the cards were stacked against him and the statistics don't lie," said Dr. Merritt.

Fugunt credits his life to the team of doctors and nurses that helped him, including Sonya Mohn.

"These are people to us," said Mohn. They are not patients. They are people. They impact us. They can be our mothers, our brothers, our fathers, so we do care."

Fugunt said all he can do now is just keep trying.

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