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Man regaining ability to walk months after accident

Man regaining ability to walk months after accident

Posted - May 15, 2008 at 10:15 p.m.



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Carole Mikita reportingWe first introduced you to a young man named Dallas Griffiths last Thanksgiving Day. He and a friend had done some humanitarian work in Tonga. But life took a horrific turn for Dallas with a life-changing accident.

Josh Featherstone returned to Tonga with his friend Griffiths last Fall with clothing, medicine and money for the people Featherstone had met on his LDS mission a year before. He said, "There's a reason why it's called 'The Friendly Islands', the friendly people, they're incredible."

Man regaining ability to walk months after accident

But that journey halfway around the world was nothing compared to the one Griffiths has taken since February 12th. He was longboarding in Snow Canyon when he hit a car or a car hit him, he doesn't remember. He suffered a traumatic brain injury.

A quick flight to Intermountain Medical Center saved his life. Surgeons opened his skull from ear to ear to relieve pressure. He was in a medically-induced coma for four weeks, but doctors couldn't bring him out of it. Two weeks later, he says, "I woke up and I remember it. I saw my dad, I told him I loved him."

Man regaining ability to walk months after accident

It was days before he spoke and weeks not knowing if he would ever stand again. After months of difficulty, Griffiths is walking again. It's been less than a week since he regained the ability. He says, "I never thought I would, and I am."

Registered nurse Liz Crane says, "I really think that it's his optimism. Even at his worst, the worst pain, the worst situations, he just keeps smiling."

Dallas Griffiths describes himself as stubborn. Everyone else would use the words "heart" and "spirit." He got word just today that he will finally be released from the hospital next Friday.

E-mail: cmikita@ksl.com

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