On Nov. 18 the student body experienced tragedy when junior Xzavier Medina was hit by a car while trying to retrieve his basketball in the road. This left him hospitalized in a coma with a brain hemorrhage and torn ligaments in his legs. This near-death experience changed Medina completely.
“Before the accident, I didn’t have a positive outlook on life; I misbehaved in school and didn’t get along with my family,” Medina said. “When the accident first happened, I was rushed to hospital and was in a coma for about two weeks. The doctors said I wasn’t expected to wake back up, my family was devastated.”
“My family was so grateful to know that I was recovering. They feared the worst was going to happen, but I wouldn’t let that be the case. I’m happy to be home and that I was able to fight through. Life really gave me a second chance.”
With a family of two younger brothers and a sister, his coma left them, as well as his school family, extremely concerned. Ms. Lancaster, an office administrator, got to know Medina during the time he spent in the office waiting to be picked up by family members. When she heard news of the accident, she was heartbroken. During the first week of December, Ms. Lancaster got a call from the hospital saying Medina came out of the coma.
“When I got the call, I was ecstatic and knowing his mother was out in California on a business trip, I rushed to the hospital,” Lancaster said. “When he first saw me, he didn’t remember my name, but he recognized my face, and I was overjoyed. Once I told him my name, he remembered me clearly.”
To his doctors’ amazement, Medina recovered quickly despite his grave injuries. He started regaining most of his memory and rehabilitation went well. Doctors said Medina wasn’t likely to walk again, but he defied the odds and pushed through getting back on his feet. Medina fought hard to regain his strength.
“In my coma, I had a dream. It was about my grandmother who was very dear to me who died about a year ago,” Medina said. “I remember her telling me that I have to wake up and fight. When she extended her hand to me, I reached out for it and when she pulled me up, I woke up in the hospital bed. My last few days in the hospital were spent recovering. I was able to start walking again and regaining my memory, which I am grateful for.”
When Medina returned to school at the beginning of the semester, he was welcomed back with open arms. He is working hard to catch back up with his classes after missing so much school. After experiencing such a life changing event, Medina is now working hard and appreciating life.
“My family was so grateful to know that I was recovering. They feared the worst was going to happen, but I wouldn’t let that be the case,” Medina said. “I’m happy to be home and that I was able to fight through. Life really gave me a second chance.”
(Featured Image by Southwest Portraits)