No one could have predicted that Luke Dithrich would be back at work for the U.S. Border Patrol after his 2008 motorcycle accident. At the time of the accident, in fact, his friends and family were not sure he would even survive. Thanks to his medical care, family and a surprising amount of effort on the part of his co-workers, Dithrich is again at work.
Dithrich has no memory of the accident that left him in a medically induced coma for a month. According to authorities, the man who hit him was mentally ill and looking for someone to run over when he went the wrong way down a highway near San Diego.
“He later admitted he was trying to hit people,” Dithrich said. “And apparently, I was the lucky one.”
The accident left Dithrich with a torn aorta, a ruptured spleen, collapsed lungs, an amputated left hand and an amputated left leg. He has no memory of the accident, the coma, or the more than 4,000 hours of vacation time donated by his co-workers, who sat by his bed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until he did not need them anymore.
Dithrich can no longer work as a field agent, but the organization has been able to use him as a sector-enforcement specialist.
“I just love the job,” he said. “If I didn’t have this job, I don’t know what I’d be doing.”
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