This is My Story: Greg Martin

December 05, 2017
This is My Story: Greg Martin

Greg can now walk without the aid of a cane or walker.

Greg Martin, 32, was enjoying his ski vacation with his uncle and cousins in Colorado on March 25, 2017. He started down the mountain, but the wet and heavy snow threw him off balance. As he tried to regain his balance, he spun around backward down the hill and plowed into a tree.

“I remember the sudden thud and being on the ground. But I didn't have any pain and didn't yet realize that I had broken my right arm, my right lower leg, and had a hairline fracture in my neck. My uncle is an anesthesiologist and my cousin is a resident in orthopedics, so I felt relieved they were there. They immediately called the ski patrol, and I was taken to the base of the mountain, loaded into a helicopter and flown to a local trauma center. I was in surgery for six hours.”

“The doctors informed me that the breaks in my arm and shin were not clean breaks – the bones were shattered – and that I would have a long road of rehabilitation ahead of me. I was released from the hospital in Denver on April 3 and flew home to Edinburg. The next day, I started inpatient occupational and physical therapy at the Edinburg Regional Rehab Center.”

“Joe, my occupational therapist, and Renee, my physical therapist, made me feel like I was part of their family and they were there for me every step of the way. I felt fully ready for the outpatient rehab when the time came, and it was thanks to them for their constant support.”

“I no longer walk with a cane, but I do have a residual limp that will just take time to work through. I suffered nerve damage in my arm, but with all the exercises I learned, more muscle tone is coming back and I am getting stronger. I plan on making a full recovery, and thanks to the Edinburg Regional Rehab Center, I know I can do it.”