After a bike crash left one North Carolina marathon runner with a broken back, pelvis, tailbone, leg, and several broken ribs, his doctor was sure he would never walk again.
“His spine was torn apart,” said Dr. Matt McGirt, who first laid eyes on 52-year-old Dean Otto last September in the emergency room of Carolinas HealthCare Systems in Charlotte, N.C. “His injuries were catastrophic.” Earlier that morning, Otto was thrown from his bike after a young driver accidentally hit him because his windshield fogged up.
“I pretty much forgave him on the spot. I knew resentment would eat me alive. I’ve never had problems putting things in God’s hands,” Otto said about forgiving the young man, who has since become a friend. “He’s a good kid.” Otto was rushed to the hospital, and even though his spine was literally in pieces, Otto was still confident he’d recover.
“I’ll run a half marathon with you and I’ll whip ya,” Otto said to McGirt just before surgery. McGirt did his best to put Otto’s spine back together with two titanium rods. “He asked me the critical question: Can you move your toes?” Otto said. Miraculously, he could.
Watch the entire video below to see the miraculous thing this doctor was able to do with his patient.
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