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Man walks again after literally coming back from the dead

Reported by: Donna Kirker Morgan

YORK -- A York County man walked out of a rehab center after literally coming back from the dead.

Like every day of his two-month of recovery, Larry Sanderson was cheered-on by his family, friends and staff from Penn State Hershey Rehabilitation Hospital.

Sanderson broke his neck while boogey boarding in Ocean City, Maryland.
He says it was the second wave he rode Sept. 20 that took him down.

Fun turned into disaster. Sanderson hit his head on the bottom of the ocean, breaking six vertebrae in his neck.

All of a sudden I see myself, away from me, out of body experience, saw my head spinning slow. Next thing I knew, a big bright light behind me and said I'm ready, Sanderson said. 

But his wife, Kathleen, was not ready to see him go.

I was yelling to him, 'Don't leave me, I love you, I love you please don't leave me,' she told CBS21 News.

Sanderson was airlifted to Baltimore Shock Trauma after being revived on the beach. He stayed in Baltimore for 17 days.

When he was moved to Penn State Hershey Rehabilitation Hospital, the odds were against him that he would ever walk again.

They never said 'never' to him. They didn't want to discourage him, but we felt they were preparing him for the worst, Kathleen said.

The rehab hospital's Dr. Timothy Hudson says patients at Sanderson's level have a 20 to 40 percent chance of gaining enough strength to then try to walk.

It usually is a year-long process. Sanderson did it in six weeks.

I kept telling him, 'You have three beautiful grandbabies waiting for you, you need to get healed and healthy for them,' his daughter, Christina Asper, said.
And it was his grandbabies who ran to him as he began his walk out of the rehab facility -  tears in everyone's eyes.

Its amazing and it just warms my heart because just two months ago I didn't think we would be at this point so quickly, Asper said.

Dr. Hudson credits Larrys determination for getting him this far so quickly. 
But the ordeal has taken a financial toll on the family. A fund has been set up to help them cope with growing medical bills.

Those wishing to contribute to the fund may send financial donations to:
Larry Sanderson Recovery Fund c/o Members 1st FCU, 5000 Louise Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA  17055


 
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