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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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  • Your the most strongest person. I know my cousin your are a true fighter keep up your excellent work love you always susie

    Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 7:19 pm
  • I remember him from Oak Hill. He took care of my mom who was very ill. I remember his kindness. God be with him.

    Sunday, 29 November 2015, 12:43 pm
  • Check out Vocational Rehabilitation services. They may be able to help you get the services you need to get back to work!

    Sunday, 29 November 2015, 10:26 am
  • I believe you will recover fully. Keep up the good work. I am praying and believing for complete mobility in Jesus’ Mighty name! May God richly bless you, your family and every single person who participates in your rehabilitation.

    Sunday, 29 November 2015, 7:05 am
  • Just wondering if Derrick was a cat scan tech at oak hill? He looks very familiar.. hoping you recover soon… prayers are with you

    Sunday, 29 November 2015, 1:14 am
  • Keep up the hard work–God Bless you!

    Saturday, 28 November 2015, 7:34 pm
  • wishing u a full recovery. rosary beads are not a necklace. dont wear them. hold em in your hands n recite the prayers. daily.

    Saturday, 28 November 2015, 4:11 pm
  • Your such an inspiration! Love you

    Saturday, 28 November 2015, 10:47 am
  • Wonderful Derrick, keep the faith. Hope you make a full recovery

    Saturday, 28 November 2015, 9:55 am
  • Amazing! Amazing!

    Saturday, 28 November 2015, 9:08 am
  • Wow god is good…

    Saturday, 28 November 2015, 2:12 am
  • Keep the faith…and keep pushing

    Saturday, 28 November 2015, 2:08 am
  • God speed for a full recovery!

    Saturday, 28 November 2015, 12:22 am
  • Thoughts and prayers sent your way.

    Friday, 27 November 2015, 11:35 pm
  • Derrick your amazing Sending prayers for a full recovery your already ahead of them getter done.

    Friday, 27 November 2015, 8:10 pm
  • I’m proud to say that this amazing person is my big brother… And regardless of what doctors have said he has never given up hope and the faith …. We love you Derrik! And pray that you have continued success in getting back the life that was stolen from you… Love you always xoxo

    Friday, 27 November 2015, 7:19 pm
  • Sending prayers!

    Friday, 27 November 2015, 7:06 pm

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