DALLAS, TX —College Student Cassidy Smith is full of life, but just one year ago, she almost lost hers.
“I went on a drive to relieve some stress and I woke up pinned against my steering wheel,” Smith said.
“It was horrible,” her mother Belinda Smith said. “I was expecting the call. I just felt something was just wrong.”
It was. A driver hit Cassidy head on in Scurry, catapulting the then 19-year-old and her car into a ditch. And her injuries were severe.
“She had multiple long bone fractures...she was bleeding to a significant degree,” Dr. Darryl Amos explained. “She was bleeding from her liver.”
“I had a long, long list of injuries. I completely crushed my right leg, crushed my left arm…lacerated my liver and my spleen,” Smith said.
The folks at Methodist Dallas Medical Center were with her every step of the way.
“My faith in God, my family and friends…and the staff here was just amazing. I made so many life long friends here,” she said. “To be able to walk again, that was just a big deal to me.”
Not only is she walking..she’s playing the guitar, and she’s back in school- -to be none other, than a physical therapist.
Friday, Cassidy reunited with the doctors, nurses, the care flite team who helped her.
“It’s thrilling,” Amos said. “As a parent and a physician to see someone in the prime of their life overcome such a devastating injury.”
And now she’s front and center in more ways than one. She was featured on the front cover of Shine Magazine, a publication of the medical center.
“The care she received, of course God—he brings us through it all. Cassidy’s out look on things, she never blamed anyone,” her mother said. “It somehow made her shined even more. She’s always shined in our lives.”