John’s accident was initially considered a fatality, but the critically-injured, ten-year veteran of Denver Police Department fought the most valiant fight of his life. John sustained life-threatening injuries and was immediately transported by Denver paramedics to Denver Health Medical Center, where he would begin the fight for his life. John had injuries to his entire body, which included a laceration to his head, major damage to his eyes, removal of his spleen, torn tendons in both of his shoulders, crushed left humerus, ulna and radius, broken scapula’s, crushed ribs (requiring a metal cage to repair), broken right femur, broken pelvis, severed left femoral artery, punctured lung, internal bleeding and skin loss.
John spent almost one month in surgical ICU at Denver Health, and another two months in an acute care facility. John underwent 12 surgeries in his first three months and fought through major setbacks of pneumonia, fever, infections, an aneurism and blood clots.