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The Road Back by Michael Vitez
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The Road Back

by Michael Vitez

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The book tells the amazing story of Matt Miller, a University of Virginia pre-med student, who was seriously injured in a bicycle/car accident on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. An anesthesiologist witnessed the accident, and saved Matt’s life there on the road. Matt was airlifted to the University of Virginia Hospital where he received excellent care, and greatly surpassed the expectations of the doctors and medical staff attending him. The swiftness of his recovery was nothing less than astonishing. For example, although his accident occurred in early November, Matt was discharged from the hospital by Thanksgiving to go “home” to his parents’ vacation condo at Wintergreen, a resort near Charlottesville, where he lived with his mother as he recovered. Matt aced a physics test less than six weeks after the accident! Matt was a very goal-oriented person who made goals towards his recovery, classwork, and physical exercise and pushed himself to reach them although he adjusted goals when necessary. Matt was also helped by having the strong support of his family, his girlfriend Emily Privette, his former swimming coach, a doctor he had been shadowing, some colleagues of his father, and friends.

Although Matt Miller is definitely the focus of the story, Mr. Vitez, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, expertly weaves the stories of the other people impacted by the accident into the book. Mr. Vitez tells something about these people’s backgrounds and the way they were affected by the accident and Matt’s recovery. Besides the Miller family and Emily, these people include those listed as being his other supporters, plus the doctor and his wife who cared for Matt at the accident scene, and the driver of the car involved in the accident.

An excellent book. ( )
  sallylou61 | Aug 13, 2012 |
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