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UMC honors trauma victims & reunites them with doctors that saved their lives

UMC honors trauma victims & reunite them with doctors that saved their lives

UMC hosted their annual trauma survivor’s celebration Tuesday morning to celebrate life and reunite survivors with the doctors who saved them.

During the event, UMC highlighted some inspirational stories of the people they have saved, like Salim Abi Karam.

Karam’s 1-year-old daughter, Mya, was nearly killed after he accidentally ran her over as he was pulling into his garage.

"From the second I stepped out of the car and saw her, I thought my life was over. You realize nothing else matters after going through what I went through," said Karam.

Doctors at UMC worked diligently to make sure Mya made a full recovery.

Also in attendance was Jena Antonchuk. Her son, Alex Wigg, was hit by a car while riding his bike to school in April 2017, and he suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result.

"I still think about how we almost lost him," said Antonchuk.

Now, one year later, thanks to the hard work of doctors at UMC, Alex swims, excels in school and still goes out for the occasional bike ride.

"I am just beyond words...thankful for where we are at, and for the treatment he got at UMC," said Antonchuk.

"I am so thankful to be alive and hugging her, and kissing her and being able to do well in school," Alex chimed in.

UMC says it is these moments of appreciation that make their annual survivors event worthwhile.

"We get to see them on their worst days, and this gives us an opportunity to see them on a better day," said UMC’s public relations manager, Scott Kerbs.

UMC says there were a total of 200 people who attended Tuesday's event, including 1 October survivors.

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