National Trauma Awareness Month: Delray Medical Center hosts event for trauma survivors

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.-- May is National Trauma Awareness Month.

Delray Medical Center is taking part by hosting an event Friday for survivors of traumatic injuries. The event begins at 2 p.m. Survivors will be reunited with the doctors and nurses who helped saved their lives when they came into the trauma center.

One of those survivors expected to attend is 26 year old Alex Vazquez. Vazquez was hit by a car back in 2007 while crossing A1A in Boca Raton. He suffered traumatic brain injuries that put him into a coma for several months.

"My world stopped. The world itself didn't stop, but my world stopped. So trying to come back into it was tough," Vazquez says.

The young man had to learn how to walk again following the crash. He says it took him two years to do so.

He says, "In order for me to walk, I had to learn to stand. I stood for five seconds here, ten seconds there, fifteen seconds. Just standing, building my confidence in my legs."

But, Vazquez says, it takes faith to get back on your feet again.

"Don't give up. Never give up. Never give up on your hopes. Never give up on your dreams. Never give up on your desires. Everything will get better. Of course it's going to take faith to go forward, but never give up," Vazquez says.

The doctors and nurses at Delray Medical Center say they look forward to reuniting with their former patients.

Maggie Crawford, director of trauma service, says "The ability to have them come back and see people that remember taking care of them and remember what it was like when they were here and remember the parents and the family members that are there and just be able to hug and say 'this is so wonderful,' this really makes a point of what we do each and every day."

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