My Life after Being Hit by a Semi; The Story of My Brain Injury by William Boggs
My brain injury affected me physically and spiritually
Can someone live after being hit by an 18-wheeler truck? This is my story. My story is about an experience that not many people face. Those people who do face what I experienced may not be as blessed as I was. I can truly say that God has His hand on my life. No one saw it coming and no one was prepared. Not only was I in an accident that affected me physically, but the very core of my spiritual life was turned upside down.
I guess one’s life is changed when he wakes up physically and mentally handicapped with his body paralyzed. I realized something was wrong when I opened my right eye and saw the typical white walls of a hospital as a background with doctors and nurses pacing back and forth. I felt so helpless since I couldn’t say a single word to figure out why I was there and no one that I knew was there. I thought, “Why did my family leave me?” I was put through a white tunnel, with lights flashing all around me as the cylinder around my head spun. Later, I learned that this was a CAT scan inspecting the condition of my brain injury.
But before any of this, I remember being in our Isuzu Rodeo asking my Mom if I could just read Rick Warren’s, “Purpose Driven Life” book straight through and not take the suggested 40 days. I was anxious to find my purpose. Within 5 minutes we were hit by an 18 wheeler.
Those next 40 days that I should have been seeking my purpose turned out to be a lot different than expected! We pulled out and before we could brace ourselves, our Rodeo was smashed; t-boned right behind where I was sitting. Instead of revealing my purpose through the book, God chose a different route. I plunged headfirst into 40 day coma. I say head first, because my head, which was the main cause of the coma, suffered a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).
The trauma of injury and healing
When paramedics arrived I did not have any vital signs. They did an emergency tracheotomy on me and I was airlifted to SHANDS Trauma Center. The chopper took off, heading for the hospital in GainesvilleFL, but a storm came up out of nowhere and forced the chopper to go to SHAND SHospital in Jacksonville. At the time, SHANDS was the best trauma center in the southeast, and the only hospital capable of placing a bolt in my brain to remove all the fluid.
Today, as I look back, I believe God immediately moved the storm into the chopper’s path. I believe it was a storm orchestrated by God to keep that chopper going in the original path. Find out more about how God brought me out of the 40 day coma and healed my body from being paralyzed.
Through Will’s experience he has a passion to live out of purpose and to help others find the purpose God created them for. His family has played a major role in his recovery and have begun TBI Hope to empower families whose loved one has been impacted by a TBI. Will encourages you to push through every obstacle as he has and find your purpose. You can read more about Will on the Living Waters Ministry.