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It hasn’t even been a full year since Andrew Linn crashed his car into a fence. The incident might at first glance just appear to be a regular car accident, but the crash itself was not the worst of it.
After striking the fence, Linn was impaled by a metal pole that entered his mouth and went through the back of his neck. This freak accident would most likely allow for no survivors, but Linn is still with us today and is able to talk about the tragic incident that almost claimed his life.
Although he does not remember much of what happened on November 29, 2010, the night of the crash, Linn regards his x-ray photos in disbelief, almost as if the x-rays could solidify the reality of the accident.
“You can see on my nose it came in here, went through and came out the back here,” said Linn, gazing at an x-ray of his skull, showing where the metal pole was imbedded.
What makes everything all the more unreal is that Linn saw these x-rays for the first time on Tuesday morning.
He deduces that he probably became unconscious when his car crashed on that night in November. Linn recounts passing between two utility poles, crossing the street and jumping the curb of the sidewalk before hitting a trailer in a neighbor’s yard, but then the rest is a blur.
The doctor who operated on Linn, Dr. Jay Coates, said that if the pole had struck Linn just a few centimeters in either direction, he would have bled to death.
Miraculously, the pole did not puncture any major vessels and now Linn lives to tell the outrageous tale.
His recovery was not easy, however. Linn remembers about how difficult it was relearning how to do some of the simplest things that anyone else would take for granted.
“The hardest thing has been opening the mouth and learning how to eat and swallow. Drinking is really difficult,” confessed Linn.
After being given a second chance at life, Linn says he now lives each day to the fullest.
“I have a second chance. I spend a lot of time with my kids. I love my wife and my kids, my family, my parents, my siblings. I just make the most of everything,” he said.
To those who believe in miracles, it might seem as though Linn has a guardian angel at his side, as this is not his first brush with death.
In 2008, Linn’s car was struck when a driver ran a stop sign, leaving him with back and neck injuries, and in 2009, he was honorably discharged from the Marines after serving in Iraq.
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