THE COAST NEWS Wehtahene Tucker reported that John Miksa , 55, a Carlsbad resident, along with professional rider Roy Southerland, several of his care givers from Scripps Hospitals at Encinitas and La Jolla, and others went on a 15-mile bike ride between both of the hospitals on August 27, 2010. Only one year earlier, on August 21, 2009, John was struck near Pacific and Cassidy in Oceanside by a distracted driver. The auto accident resulted in John suffering a shattered ankle, and spinal injuries , leaving him paralyzed from his neck down. He was quoted after the accident as saying “I could feel some pain, but mostly I realized I couldn’t move, my body was still.”
John defying all odds and after only being given a 1% chance of recovery by his neurosurgeon, Scott Leery, he made a miraculous comeback. John was determined to recover fully from his injuries, and said “They stood me up on day four. I went from being totally paralyzed to standing.” On September 1, 2009 he told his therapist he wanted to walk and at first, he did so with the aid of parallel bars. He said ” I was an athlete my whole life and now had a lot of anxiety about walking, I was in a lot of pain.” Jim Cope, his therapist, remembers “within a week he was walking up and down the hall, taking the stairs by himself.” The miracles continued that week, when John and his wife were told that their daughter and son-in-law were going to have a baby. “It was an amazing day to say the least,” John said.“I want people to have hope that they can recover,” he said. “Most of all I want to tell people to put your cell phone down while driving,” he cautioned. After watching motorists for the nine months he was not allowed to drive, he said he had the opportunity to observe how distracted drivers are. “I’m going to be sticking to trails after this ride,” he said.Miracles can happen, hope, faith and a positive attitude are the keys to recovery.
A leisurely weekend bike ride results in a tragic accident. Auto accidents, truck accidents, which cause bicycle accidents can result in catastrophic injuries. However, with a positive attitude, the will to work hard and the help of an experienced personal injury attorney one can overcome even the greatest challenges.