‘What If I Don’t Walk Again’: Hospital Saves Jennifer Chapman’s Legs After Semi Crash


COLORADO. THE GOALS FOR COLORADO STATE PATROL TO BE ABLE TO ACCEPT A DIGITAL ID BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR. IT’S PART OF A NEW FEATURE ON THE STATES MY COLORADO APP. A WOMAN GIVEN A 12% CHANCE OF SURVIVAL IS DANCING AGAIN. YOU SHOULD SEE HER AFTER DOCTORS AND LOVED ONES WERE ABLE TO HELP HER. A SEMI HIT JENNIFER THOMPSON IN WYOMING NEARLY 2 YEARS AGO. DILLON THOMAS HAS THE REMARKABLE STORY TONIGHT FROM THE MEDICAL CENTER. DYLAN THOMPSON WAS BACK IN THE HOSPITAL. THIS TIME TO SAY THANK YOU. Reporter: JENNIFER CHAPMAN WAS BROUGHT HERE TO THE MEDICAL CENTER OF THE ROCKIES LAST YEAR. WHEN SHE WAS FLOWN AND SHE WAS IN A COMA. SHE HAD A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY AND SEVERAL BROKEN BONES. TODAY SHE RETURNED AND HER DOCTORS TELL US THEY ARE SURPRISED TO SEE HOW WELL SHE IS DOING. GIVEN THE FACT SHE WAS ON HER DEATHBED LAST YEAR. WHEN JENNIFER CHAPMAN WALKS THROUGH THE HALLS OF MEDICAL CENTER THE ROCKIES HER SMILE SHINES. AND MAY JUST BE BECAUSE THE DOCTORS WHO ROAMED THIS BUILDING IS THE ONES WHO SAY BOTH HER LEGS AND HER LIFE. I WAS IN A COMMA FOR THREE WEEKS. Reporter: IT ISN’T CLEAR HOW SHE ENDED UP ON A REMOTE AND SNOWY ROAD OF JANUARY 2018. THEY DID THINK I HAD RUN OUT OF GAS. I WAS HIT BY A SEMI TRUCK. Reporter: BREAKING BONES AND NEARLY KILLING HER. SHE WAS FLOWN TO LOVELAND TO BE CARED FOR BY UC HEALTH DOCTORS LIKE JAMES McCARTHY. THEY SAID THERE’S BEEN A WOMAN HIT BY A SEMI. I HAD TO HAVE THEM REPEATED. IT DID NOT MAKE SENSE. IN TERMS OF THE GRAVITY OF THE INJURY. Reporter: CHAPMAN WENT IN AND OUT OF MORE THAN 20 SURGERIES. A TEAM OF DOCTORS, NURSES AND SPEECH THERAPISTS AND MORE TREATED FROSTBITTEN FINGERS AND BROKEN BONES AND A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY. WEDNESDAY CHAPMAN RETURNED. THIS TIME ON FOOT. SOMETHING ONLY POSSIBLE THANKS TO THIS ROOM FULL OF MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS. A SPECIAL MOMENT TODAY WAS WHEN THEY SHOWED A VIDEO TO THE AND STIER ENTIRE STAFF OF HER DANCING. SHE IS NOW BACK TO IT.

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