Overcoming a Coma to Run Again

Man crashes motorcycle, almost dies, runs a marathon

By Andrew Tanielian
|  Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012  |  Updated 10:36 AM CDT
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From a devastating motorcycle accident to a magnificent milestone, one Fort Worth man is feeling lucky to be alive.

Andrew Tanielian, Fort Worth Reporter

From a devastating motorcycle accident to a magnificent milestone, one Fort Worth man is feeling lucky to be alive.

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A Fort Worth runner is moving on from the memory of a devastating motorcycle accident and now celebrating a magnificent milestone.

Two years ago Casey Russell was riding his motorcycle to a friend's house when he crashed.

“I just went off the bike and took a tumble and 2, 3, 4 times,” said Russell, who added that he thought he must have taken a corner too quickly.

Russell, who wasn't wearing a helmet, was in a coma for two weeks with severe brain trauma.

“I have thought, ‘Wow, this could have turned out so many different ways,'” said Russell

On Monday, Russell returned to Texas Health’s Harris Methodist Hospital to give them a gift. A framed picture of him running in his first marathon.

We all know how many words a picture can convene but the framed snapshot of Russell running since his accident is meant to only express two.

“This is the only way I know how to say thank you so I wanted to present you guys with this photograph. So, thank you,” said Russell to a group of nurses who helped him recover and then again during rehab.

They were all thrilled to see how well Russell is doing. "It’s wonderful. This is my favorite thing when you have patients that work hard and get back to their real life. He’s doing what he loves to do,” said Paula Holland.

Now Russell said when he was in the hospital there was no one for him to look up to in recovery because there was no one there with his injury.

He is hoping his framed action shot will change that. It is now hanging proudly on a wall in the rehab area, and is meant to make sure others like him have motivation.

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