Why our work matters: “How the hell are you hitting me right now? And then it was lights out.”

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On September 24th, 2016, Dean Otto was paralyzed from the waist down when he was hit by a truck riding his bike in Charlotte, NC.

“I heard brakes, I felt the impact, and immediately, I was just pissed,” Otto recalls in a story published by the Charlotte Observer. “I was like, ‘Are you f—— kidding me? I’ve got lights all over my bike, I’m in the middle of the lane, there’s a whole ’nother lane over here. How the hell are you hitting me right now?’

“And then it was lights out.”

“Only 2 to 3 percent of people with this type of injury, [Dr. Matt] McGirt told them, can expect to ever walk independently again.”

One year later, Dean was not only walking again, but he ran a half marathon with the driver who struck him and the surgeon who saved his life!

Dean will deliver the closing keynote to SEMDA 2019 Medtech Conference attendees on Wednesday, April 10. He will share his inspirational story of survival, forgiveness, and, the reason we’re all in the industry – recovery with the help of great doctors and medical technology.

Register here.


Photo credit: Dean Otto.