Paralyzed Man Vows to Walk Again – And Does – Despite Grim Prognosis
BROOKSVILLE – The night of October 31st 2013 would forever change the life of a young Certified Nurse’s Assistant, after a horrific car crash would leave him paralyzed from the neck down – or so doctors thought.
Derrik Amaral was just 29-years-old when he was rear ended by a pickup truck in front of Oak Hill Hospital. The mangled remains of his car left some wondering if Derrik would even survive the crash – he did; however, he was told he would live as a quadriplegic.
Faced with the reality of living the rest of his life in a wheelchair, Derrik vowed to walk and use his hands again. Now 31, Derrik is proving that doctor’s “grim prognosis” was no match for his tenacity and perseverance.
Over the course of his grueling rehabilitation and with the support of family, friends, and faith in God, Derrik is taking steps and using his hands. CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO
Although Derrik’s employer, Oak Hill Hospital, did everything they could to hold his position, they were forced to find a replacement after several months. Derrik’s insurance expired shortly after, and now he struggles to pay for the physical therapy treatments needed to continue his progress.
The driver who struck Derrik only held the minimum liability insurance of $10,000. That barely covered one night in the E.R. says Derrik. The at-fault driver was cited in the crash and was forced to pay a $200 fine with no additional restitution. Derrik’s attorney says the driver had not assets, so a lawsuit would be a waste of time.
When Derrik asked if we would tell his story, he never once asked for us to “solicit” donations from our viewers. He just hoped someone would offer their services at a reduced cost or maybe direct him towards alternative methods of paying for treatment.
After a little encouragement, Derrik agreed to create a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for his continued treatment.
If you would like to help Derrik Amaral walk again, you can make donations by following this link: GoFundMe.
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