Car Accident Survivor|
In 2016, on the day after Thanksgiving, Reese and his friends spent the day hunting. On their way home, they were in a terrible car crash, where Reese was thrown from the truck. He was taken by ambulance to St. Luke’s Regional Trauma Center, where he learned that he had several severe injuries, including a broken spine.
Within hours of the accident, Reese underwent surgery. St. Luke’s neurosurgeon Dr. John Styliaras and his team removed a disc and broken bone fragments that were putting pressure on his spinal cord. Then, they fused his spine to stabilize it.
With the support of his doctors, family and friends, Reese’s recovery is exceeding all expectations. Despite the prognosis that he would spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair, Reese took his first steps on Father's Day, less than one year after the accident. Every day, his strength improves.
“The way they treated me and my family — they were amazing”- Reese Stariha