Comebacks: Dead Man Talking

Local journalist Brian Hickey was lost to the world for a month after being left for dead on a South Jersey street by a hit-and-run driver. He reports his own story of what happened and his miraculous recovery

As a pack of relatives waited for the verdict on the bilateral craniotomy — in which pieces of skull are removed in a last-ditch attempt to reduce potentially fatal brain swelling — in the building where my mother died as we debated the life-support machine almost three years earlier to the day, a lighter moment arrived in the ICU waiting room; Tom McGuire had to explain the text he’d sent my father from my phone.

“It was the only time anybody laughed in two days,” Tom says.

The surgeons came out six hours later saying the surgery had gone very well, but that I’d been placed in a medically induced coma. They didn’t know if I’d wake up.

I’M TOLD I was unrecognizable, a Wonka factory mutant with my eyes swollen shut and nothing but the tip of my nose and slivers of my ears visible. People who saw me — two hours of visiting per day in trauma — said my head was the size of the stand-up globe in my living room.

“Looking at you in that hospital bed, I thought the Brian Hickey we all knew was gone forever,” Tom says. “ I was 100 percent sure that if you did survive, you’d be Terri Schiavo.”

I had a bite plate in my mouth, and tubes going into a hole in my throat and a pair of places that don’t bear mentioning.

They kept me chock-full of morphine and Versed while I was comatose, plus a menu of meds all along the way. I can’t really remember a lick of my initial stay at Cooper, other than being in a drug-addled fantasy world. I vividly recall the coma dreams, from traveling to a bar in dusty Texas with the cast of Friday Night Lights to going to Seattle, Alaska, Center City, Chicago and Pittsburgh. The cops busted a dance party on the floor; there was an underground passageway to get to the Phillies game in Tampa Bay; and I was being treated, alternately, in an underground lab off Roosevelt Boulevard and upon Michael Nutter’s personal jet.

When I woke up roughly eight days after surgery, my eyes were open, and glazed, but nobody was home in the Hickey noggin.

“They said the worst case was that you’d never wake up from the coma,” Angie remembers. “At best, you’d have to relearn everything, like you were an infant. You were the infant.”

She was right.

“You had no emotion,” my wife tells me. “You were totally flat. There was nothing we could do.”

I saw the faces of people visiting me, the anguish in their expressions, but it didn’t register. I didn’t know why people were coming from Maryland or Washington State or San Francisco to see me.

One emotion arose within days of waking up, though: inexplicable rage.

Looking back, I think I knew I was in a hospital bed, but I had zero clue as to what had landed me there, or the fact that I’d been comatose, or the extent of my physical injuries. Visitors talked, and I just stared, and probably drooled — especially when Joe the Bartender showed up with a mini bottle of Jäger to cheer me up.

At that stage, the upper limit of my mental agility was smacking my left arm on the bed or my leg if someone tried to turn Divorce Court off. (It was the only option, since my right arm and leg weren’t working.) Although the same spasmodic reaction would result from just about anything.

 THE ENTIRE FIRST month, I couldn’t communicate with anybody, other than flashing a thumbs-up from time to time. I didn’t fully comprehend that I’d been hit by a car that first month, not until they loaded me up with another round of morphine and transferred me to Center City’s Magee Rehabilitation.

The second day there, December 20th, Angie broke down crying because life had replaced the look of death in my eyes. I spoke on my own for the first time — once, a Cooper nurse had put a finger on my trach and, following her instructions, I’d said to Angie, “Hello. I love you, wife” — telling physical therapist Joe Ferguson that I knew it was December. And when he asked what I did for a living, I said, “Journalist.”

 

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  • Tina

    Brian Hickey makes Philadelphia a better place.

  • Carol-Ann

    Brain has many of many angels watching over him! Thank the good Lord he does!

  • Nick

    I truly love how you are honest about feeling the rage for this piece of shit. I can't stand when people are like "I feel no hate for the person that did this." FUCK THAT. True journalist, true Philly. Glad to have you back, Brian

  • Susan

    So glad you are back. Your writing hasn't suffered a bit. It is a miracle, which you surely deserved.

  • Margaret

    thanks for sharing your great story with excellent writing. You wrote: "I accepted that what happened was random, but my recovery was not." yep. it's a miracle! and I agree with Susan, you truly deserve this miracle! Your story has helped me better understand the patient's point of view and difficulties. Thanks a lot! from Margaret – a former journalist and a medical doctor from this July onwards.

  • Melanie

    Oh -I am SO pleased to hear of your recovery! As a writer & professional care-giver it is just so wonderful to see you in print again – thank you for contributing your story so we'd know what was what / where it was at for you. Blessings be to ya – Good luck on the journey forward!

  • Melanie

    Oh -I am SO pleased to hear of your recovery! As a writer & professional care-giver it is just so wonderful to see you in print again – thank you for contributing your story so we'd know what was what / where it was at for you. Blessings be to ya – Good luck on the journey forward!

  • lunch

    way to go, brian. so glad you decided to stay an asshole, too. let's do lunch soon, okay?

  • Marge
  • Danya

    Such a terrific piece. So glad you are writing again!

  • Ben

    I hope you spend your god given time enjoying your family and life.If they catch the bastard I'll help you kick his/her teeth out.

  • j
  • Tony
  • Mike

    I feel terrible that you were struck and severely wounded by the driver of that car. But bear in mind that you were most likely staggering home drunk from the bar where you'd spent the last few hours, so you probably swerved into the path of the car that hit you. Add wearing an ipod–a device which completely robs you of your ability to hear anything except the music emanating from it—and you're probably just as much to blame for what happened to you as the jerk-off who hit you. Next time take a cab and keep your wits about you.

  • Lucy

    Thanks for the telling the truth. Interesting how the brain is wired, how we are somehow protected from the its raw makeup. At the end of the day, it was more than luck, you have been blessed from within and this experience will continue to be a source for the mission you are still accomplishing.

  • Michael

    My son was in an automobile accident 11 years ago and the one responsible never accepted accountability. Unfortunately, the cops got him first. My son's was not supposedto live, walk, or talk but he's doing all and graduating from college. Both of you are an inspiration.

  • Nick

    This was a very nice story and very encouraging, keep your head up and keep doing your thing! Apparently It's working for you…

  • mary

    Brian, thank God you survived! I really understand your rage for the coward that hit you. My mom was killed by a hit and run driver Laborday weekend 2007 when getting her mail. She died and that piece of shit has never come forword or been identified despite lots of press and leads that led no where. It really is dishearting to know that a human being could leave another human being like road kill. I hope that every day this coward wakes up and remembers what they did and I hope it haunts them as much as it haunts their victims. Take care Brian…please don't let the rage keep you from living!

  • Karla

    You have a remarkably way of putting your experience into words. Most people who have gone through this kind of tradgedy end up either dead or in a vegetative state for the rest of their lives. You brought a better understanding to all of us who have never gone through any thing like this, hopefully with Good Luck and God watching over us we never will. Keep your determination and kick ass attitude!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    brian had me at "I sobbed when I thought I wouldn't be able to write anymore." Hmm i hope that was close enough. Stay well Mr.Hickey.

  • scot

    Very courageous. When things settle down I am sure many youth can learn from his experience and he would make a great speaker on drinking, driving, etc. and life choices. Hopefully something good can come out of this atrocious act. I am very happy to hear he is on the road to recovery but saddened to know that someone would leave a human being in his condition after the accident. May the recover be smooth and life get back to normal.

  • Sue

    Your story made me cry. My husband is currently in the hospital(motorcycle accident 3-31-09)We too were told he would never walk, talk, eat etc. He is proving them all wrong…However, it is still going to be a long road…Your story has given me a bit of hope that perhaps one day he may fully recover…he too has lost his right side…but he is getting some of it back. There is a reason for everything…reason for you being here today was for me to read your story and know that there is hope!! Your wife must be a strong woman…I know how much she has had to endure!! So glad you are here today, one day at a time!! Truely a Miracle!!

  • Gregory

    I was in the same situation as you in 1983, a truck hit my car and it took 2 hours to pull me out. I was in a coma for 8 weeks and they all said I would never be the same. When we put our minds to it we can overcome disaster. After I came out of my coma I had to learn all the things you talk about also. Even now I thank God that I was able to make it and succeed after my accident. As you say, life is what we make of it and I told my father at the time, if I learned it once, I will learn it again. I have no sympathy for those who give up when tragedy stikes. Good to hear someone elses story like this. Good luck

  • sylvester

    In our instant lifestyle, so often an accident such as yours is reported in the newspaper and that is the end. We move on to another story and victim the next day.

    Thank you for sharing your recovery and your honest responses with us. This moves us out of our instant society and removes the rose colored glasses.

    Thank You

  • Brian

    My name is Brian, too, and my professional life has been spent writing. Thank you for your honesty in sharing your recovery and your rage about what happened to you. A lot of young men have returned similarly damaged from Iraq or Afghanistan. Your story might help a lot of them. Not enough of them receive a visit in VHA hospitals. Go say hello!

  • Rhonda

    you still have ALOT of anger, understood, but still. Now that you can walk, talk, Pray thanks that you are alive, learn forgivness. IT will complete your journey you have been on…

  • Jocelyn

    I never read an article this long and finished it. But this one, I did. It's well written, and every word is worth it to go to the next line. Brian, thanks for sharing. I believe in Karma. God bless.

  • Rian

    To the guy who blames Hickey for what happened: You'd better hope karma don't catch up and run you over. Because you won't survive.

  • Dawne

    Man GOD bless ya!!
    TRUE survivor in the LITERAL sense! Talk about" living to tell aboout it "
    GREAT story I waws AMAZED by what happened & your full come back YOU GO BOY!

  • Angie

    Well written!! I've never read your stuff before but I'll have to start searching. You have a gift–very glad dumb ass didn't rob you of that. Take care and keep on writing.

  • kel

    What a great story. I have seen both sides of your story. I am a trauma nurse who lost my kid brother (14) to a hit & run 3 years ago,day before thanksgiving…Taking care of those innocent has always been my job-but I sure relate to the painful side too now..I wish my brother could have recovered as you did. He died at the scene,also left by a heartless idiot.Great story, keep writing about it–that in itself is therapy!So wonderful to read about people who are able to recover from such traumatic events!!

  • Maureen

    God bless you Brian.Thank you for sharing your very touching story.
    Much luck and sucess to you and yours.
    Maureen (a Jersey Gal)

  • Roxi

    Keep up the fantastic things you do. And a big hug to your wife who stuck by you.

  • Dave

    Fuck forgiveness, find that bastard who left you to die.
    When you do, bring him as close as you were.

  • Anonymous

    this is what happens when your drunk and with an ipod on walking down a dark street.

  • Sara

    My foster son survived a near-death injury out of state – all the shared terrible phone calls, missing pieces, loss of memory and potential to NOT walk or do anything with lower torso again. He is on the mend trying to get into college and play hockey on the side. I am amazed at his recovery and lessons learned. You, Brian, were absolutely meant to live! As a writer, to share your comeback experience with us, and make us grateful for what we have. Please write a book. To anyone who says this is Brian's fault – good luck with your futures: karma's a bitch. PS – the part about the call/text to your Dad was hilarious.

  • bill

    You have an incredible will to have survived this. What have you learned from this near death experience besides your deep anger for someone you will probably never meet or know? You MUST forgive or the bitterness will destroy any chance for happiness that life has left for you in the future.

  • Little Black

    That was a crime against all of us. Some judge will only let the driver walk.

  • Nadine

    June 14,2009 6:43 comment makes me wonder if they are the person that hit you and are trying to ease their conscience by transferring thr blame to you. No one deserves to be run down no matter what the circumstances. I enjoyed your story and would love to read more of your articles. Where can I find them ? Treasure your wife she is a wonderful gift to you for her care and devotion. Bless you both.

  • Brett

    His blog is hickeyblunt.blogspot.com. If you email him from there, I'm sure he'd steer you to his storeys.

  • Alesha

    In response to the DOOSHBAG who wrote "You were drunk and wearing an ipod." Even if one did endulged u in ur idea that it was "Brian's fault", it does NOT excuse the REACTION OF THE DRIVER! Bad things DO happen to good people and its not about the "fault" of an accident, its about the RESPONSE to the accident.

  • Judith

    I was hit by a city bus in the cross walk while returning to work after lunch. The driver got out, walked over, looked at me, pronounced me dead, got back in the bus and called her union rep. I too experienced the things you describe. I still have a few holes in my skull, plus 22 titanium clips. Gosh life is good.

  • Chris

    You really are one of the fortunate ones. Fortunate to make a near full recovery and fortunate enough too live in an area with a decent rehab facility. This is the 2nd time this week I have read about Magee in Philly.
    My wife and I were in an accident in Feb of 08 and she is still recovering. The medical establishment in this country is fucked. Why all doctors or rehab. therapists are not on the same page when it comes to techniques and technologies just befuddles me. And the insurance companies are a joke too. She may never walk or talk or eat again either. But cognitively she is sharp as a tack. Brain injuries suck and I wouldn't wish this on anyone. Consider yourself lucky and make sure you never take anything for granted. The things I miss the most are things we don't even think of when life is fine.

  • Laura

    It doesn't matter if Brian was wearing an ipod or not. The person behind the wheel is still responsible for their actions that night and arguing between other commentators is a waste of time and energy. Afterall that driver could have killed Brian and his story would have never been written. Thankfully you prevailed and survived Brian. I hope the driver gets ate up by guilt and turns themselves in but my faith in people doing the right thing has been tarnished by events in my own life, so it probably won't happen. TC though Brian and God Bless you and your family.

  • Happyfeet

    Brian I was in a car crash in 2006 just now walking after 3 years. Never give up on lifeMy friend. God has you here for a special job. To show people like me we do have a chance at life. You have to want it badly enough to hang on to it.

  • paul

    january 21st 1991 my brother and i were coming home from a bar a 4×4 monster truck followed behind suddenly rearending our car three times when carstopped brother got out he was hit by the truck breaking all his ribs some in 4 and 5 places i went into the street to try to pick him up i was hit from behind we were run over again last thing i remeber was trucks tires on both of my knees like chocks under a tire then he burned them off i was flippin an floppin under the truck then i was out woke up tried to get some help wemt out again the driver has never been caught we were in the presence ogf GOD he saw what happenned thats why we are all still alive good luck my freind GOD has a plan for all of our lives blessing sincerly paul

  • Pamela

    I admire your courage and faith to be able to come back and piece it together1 My husband had a horrible motorcycle wreck in which it looks like he was ran off the road.he was revived on scene and still in a form of a coma! We are blessed to have him too. Best of luck to you Brian! an Army soldiers wife

  • mike

    You might want to just be thankful your still living but Im not you and havent been in your shoes

  • cynthia

    That one isn't even worth touching! Best of luck to you Brian.

  • B.A.

    To forgive a wrongdoer presupposes one's worthiness of forgiveness. . . Therefore, your assailant remains unworthy of your forgiveness till he/she pleads for it in such a manner as to gain your emotional sympathy and rational understanding.
    Besides, 'tis therapeutic on your part to keep a healthy dosage of anger at the person who mortally violated you, Brian. As long as you won't let such anger overwhelms your normal personality (which I hope wasn't such a f—–g badass one), your unforgiving spirit should motivate you to dream — and do — the Impossible Dream! And you know what? Your best revenge against your assailant is for you to succeed beyond anybody's expectations of you! God bless, Brian & Angie.

  • Suzanne

    I loved your story because it gave US hope. The one person who said forgive your enemies was right because not forgiving can give you hate and eventually cancer or some other serious disease. This takes time, therapy like peeling an onion. You're an inspiration and a very talented writer. God wants you to share your story with others who are in a similar situation. You've already touched many lives in your healing process. Thanks for your inspiring story. There are several angels surrounding you. It's more than luck you are here! Blessings and take care.

  • Robyn

    Glad to know that miracles still happen. This was truly an inspiring story. It's good to have you back, Brian.

  • Cozette

    I am so happy your TBI had a wonderful outcome. It gives me hope that maybe some day my husband will be well enough to come home and resume a better quality of life than he has now in a nursing home and be with his children and me. It has been nearly 5 years but I refuse to give up hope and your story supports why I refuse to give up hope that he will get better some day.

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  • BONNIE

    I AM GLAD GOD LET YOU SURVIVE. BUT IT SEEMS ITS BOTH OF YOUR FAULTS. WALKING DRUNK,CANT HEAR,DARK STREET. NO EXCUSE THOUGH FOR HIT/RUN

  • Mary

    You were lucky to have netting around your bed. My ex-husband always forgot to re-strap me or ask a nurse to & I fell out of bed on numerous occasions. I was in a coma for two weeks it took me about 6 wks to learn to walk & talk. State Farm Insurance said that the accident was my fault because I was found alone in my rolled Trooper. They also said I must have picked up the red & white paint from the road. Yeah right. I remember the red & white truck that was coming at me head on & ran me off the road. I'm glad you're back to work & we're alive. I can't go back to being a physician because of a short term memory dso. That would be breaking the oath. I also don't qualify for malpractice anymore. I read a short summary of your story & haven't yet read the article. I read all these comments though. Do you find yourself running into discrimination because of your head injury. I do and mine's totally invisible. Thanks for the great story. I always thought there was no one like me out there &

  • Lynn

    Brian. when I read your story I was speechless with how bad it was for you and your family. I am glad the doctors were able to save you and wish you all the best. Take care of yourself, God Bless You.

  • Lynda

    You are amazing!! Your truth is what journalism is all about.

  • Shari

    Many years ago now, I was the driver and hit a young man. It was the worst feeling possible. He was walking with three other friends, on a dark street and they had all been drinking; they were dressed in black and at the point that I saw them and swerved I still hit one. This was before cell phones, the street was deserted and no one was coming. I couldn't leave him so helped him into my car and drove to the closest pay phone and called 911. I called his mother everyday to check on him and that wasn't easy as they were very angry with me, but I couldn't stand not to know how he was doing. He sustained fractures to his right wrist and ankle and has healed completely but that still haunts me. It is hard to imagine the private hell of the drivers who run. Vengance is God's in that case and then who will help them!! Your life is evidence of God's amazing love for you Brian – His vengance will be worse than yours.

  • Kyle

    I never EVER! read a random full Story On line,Like yours.. ( BUT FOR some reason )I did read yours today, ""I Was personally Massively offended"" By,Myself, having to start off your story by being "The Brunt of your,Insensitive, [Don't give a Shit!] About What you Say makes other people F E E L! You and your BREEDER, Fucken Stupid Mentality with your GAY Jokes!! Your a Heartless-FUCK! Maye that's Why your Karma Dictated, This Awful Lesson you had to endure,(& maybe not!)- What ever the Case,

    [ Read the rest of the Comment at the following URL (http://brianhickeyalive.blogspot.com/)

  • shelley

    Hey, no wonder you posted your name as ANONYMOUS— you are sure harsh…blaming the VICTIM for the accident…wow– let's see how you feel it something like that happens to you or YOUR CHILD !

  • Debera

    Having gone through my brothers double stroke. I can imagine just what Brian, his wife, friends and family went through. Excellant articule in true reporter fashion, you didn't lose that edge. Congrat's on the recovery and the faith and unconditional love shown by your wife, family and friends for you. You came out not only the hero not the victim but you have learned by far more about how fragile life is and get a second chance at it. Best of luck with your life. I would like to read another part of this story that would take place in about a year. Dead Man Walking has taken on yet another defintion.

  • Theresa

    Don't click his link. He's probably an identity thief wacko. Brian thanks for the story. Glad you can share an account that will help others.

  • sandra

    As a former Philadelphian, I am so glad that you are recovering! I hope they catch that b******.

  • sandra

    You are an insensitive jerk! Makes me think that maybe you are the coward that hit him and left him for dead,that is the only reason I can summrise you put such an hateful post. Trying to alleviate your own guilt, or you know the person who hit him.

  • Linda

    I understand your pain….you have come a long way…God bless you and your family ! I admire your strength! You are my Hero. I wish i could be as strong as you and tell my story !!

  • Jessie

    It is amazing that you survived, that you are well and hopefully will not have any relapeses, but the guy who hit you and ran away will get his I am sure. Even if he is not caught, something bad while happen to him in life in double and with luck by someone else who is just as much of a jerk as he is. Life deals us many mountains to climb, valleys to wall and rivers to cross and sometimes they make us better for it and as you have said you value your life and "things" more. Good luck for the future and hope the cops do catch the guy and he gets the maximum time and is beat up in jail just to remind him what a creep he is.

  • Dave

    Man! Your story is truly inspiring! I hope YOU find whoever ran you down. I appreciate your description of restitution, if not revenge. I'm a pacifist at heart but I can truly understand your rage. If God forgives then I say, in this case, let him.

  • BERNARD

    Good luck Brian…. in 1987 I was hit by a car in Laf. La. and also left for dead…. I did not wake up for 8 days with multipul serious injuries… after 17 major operations and 4 amputations to my left leg and many great doctors and nurses later I left the hosbital…. I was 27 at the time and very very angry as you are or were…. I learned to walk again with a false leg and went on with my life as best I could… we my friend didnt have a choice in the matter we are not the type of people that give up…. In any case the person that hit me was caught and spent some "small time in jail" and recieved a $500 fine…. as for me Im upwrite and healthy… and happy to be alive. All my best to you and yours…. Bernie

  • r

    It is a very well written story, it gives a great insight to what you went through. It is interesting all the rage when in fact if you had not been drinking prior and listen to your ipod during your accident this might of been avoided. I do support the fact that the person who hit you should of fessed up. Could of done without all the f' this and f' that though.

  • Margie

    Someone was watching over you! Stay strong and get that "Bast*rd"!!!

  • Christine

    I am both appalled and amazed at your story, and find it incredible that you are here to tell it. I'm so glad you got your ability to write back, as you are very talented…I couldn't stop reading after skimming the first little clip on the AOL headlines. Theres no bullshit, no trying to sound more intelligent by using "big words", just putting on paper as it would sound coming out of your mouth, excellent. I feel like your personality shows through, almost. I really want to read your other articles now, especially those mentioned at the start of this one. Oh, and by the way, I'm glad my birthday turned out to be a special day for someone (you spoke your first words since waking up); it actually makes me feel kinda like a dick for thinking the day sucked so bad at the time, and that I could've been far worse off than sitting home alone with my dog (or, maybe I should look at it more positively, and be glad I was able to at least spend it with my dog, in the comfort of my own home.

  • Violet

    Really enjoyed your story. Wish I could write like that as I had a similar experience except mine was a filing cabinet drawer that 'flew' six feet and landed on my back. I'm still paying the price and that was 33 years ago. Wanta help write a compelling story?

  • Anna

    Wow, I can't believe some of the things people have lived through on this comment wall. I have been a reporter for 15 years. I sustained a minor brain injury about five or six years ago after a car accident. Then I sustained a life-threatening infection after surgery a couple years later that helped bring me back to writing after I'd stopped and tried a different career for awhile. God sure puts the brakes on us sometimes. Sometimes we need it. Sometimes it's for humility. Sometimes it's for patience and other personal virtues we must attain. Sometimes I often think it's so that we wake up and figure out what it is God has us here for – to evaluate if we are using the gifts he has given us. God gives everyone a gift. Consider yourself blessed in the sense that not many reporters in a field that lacks humility has attained what you have – the virtue to persevere past something extremely life threatening and challenging. In the first person. Not just told from a third party point of view

  • Terri

    Glad you are doing better Brian. My son suffered a traumatic brain injury August 2008. He has struggled with some of the same issues as yourself. I would love for the two of you to talk. Any wisdom on how to get through this nightmare is welcomed. God Bless.

  • catherine

    I would first like to say that I am very happy indeed that you survived this harrowing ordeal and that the person responsible, if caught will be reprimanded to the full extent of the law,(which in my opinion deserves a charge of attempted murder). With that said, have you learnt any humility from your ordeal. It would seem you haven't. And that you were an angry, rage filled man before your accident. You spoke of "karma." Has it ever occured to you that karma played a role in your accident. That you were involved in the ordeal to maybe teach you some humility towards the people around you. Not once did I read how grateful you are to the people who without their help, you wouldn't be here to write your story: the man who found you on the street, the medical team that answered the emergency call and kept you alive, inspite of your rage, the surgeons who actually did save your life, the nursing, and therapy staff that worked with you until your discharge and the wife,helpless in the situa

  • Brian

    If you were to ask anybody from Mike Freeman to my outpatient therapists, Catherine, they'd tell you that not only am I filled to the brim with humility, but have gone out of my way to thank them repeatedly for saving my life. Sorry that didn't come across to you in the story.
    If you think karma is the reason I got hit though, well, that just proves you don't know me from Adam.

    And Terri, I would be more than happy to talk to you and your son. Just send me a message through my blog (hickeyblunt.blogspot.com) or email me at brianhickey9 at hotmail dot com and I'll definitely get back to you.

  • Cindy

    Excellent MAN! No other words to describe you, or your recovery. If you catch the bastard, kick him once for me!

  • Gayle

    Pa Kua Chang helps re-integrate both brain hemispheres and improves and heals related cognitive problems. Similar issues affect whiplash victims.

  • Brian

    Anyone directly or remotely familiar with your brush with death, literally and figuratively, is affected (witness the deluge of reponses and interest.) I can only imagine the "coward" driving the car, if he/she has any conscience, is living a daily Hell, wondering when–truth most always seems to
    prevail–he/she will be apprehended. I pray everyone reading this "miracle" of your human interest story examines their own behavior with regards to using/abusing/being dependent on booze/drugs. Car accidents forever alter lives world wide daily, and they keep on keeping on. Mr. Hickey, please write about how you look at your lifestyle choices differently, or have you? To be frank, your candor regarding how much you drank the night of the accident and admitting you still crave beer I trust is a red flag to
    most who understand alcoholism; what are the chances you did stumble in front of that car while jamming to your Ipod? (Reminds me several yrs. ago of someone who came out of a local bar,

  • Brian

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