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Local "Miracle" Man Leaves Hospital

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Mar 2, 2012 10:01:00 AM


Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun


It started as an ordinary day for Hugh Suggs. While operating a leaf blower outside of a fast food restaurant in Lake City, a fully loaded log truck jumped the curb and crushed his body.

The front of the truck knocked him down while the four rear wheels rolled over his legs. Suggs said he felt nothing as limbs were crushed and torn from his body.

As he points to his midsection, he tells reporters, "I lost all of my meat here. I think one of my legs was left in the road.

On Thursday, March 1, 168 days after the accident, Suggs finally was able to roll out of the University of Florida Shands rehabilitation center and go home.

As for the truck driver, Suggs says he and the truck driver exchanged glances and nodded at each other right before he took the turn too tight and clobbered Suggs.

On the same day, the driver was charged that day with using unsafe equipment.

Suggs remained unconscious for a number of weeks. His mangled right arm had to be rebuilt, he spent some time in the burn unit to receive skin grafts for the areas that were torn off his body, and the volume of blood transitions he had to receive broke records.


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