The night I died three times

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I was coming home from Colonial Heights going North on Rt. 144 to Chester when I came upon a 1991 Ford Ranger that was going off of the road. The truck over corrected and came across the road and hit my pick up truck head on!

It took the emergency crew over 45 minutes to cut me out of the truck. The guy’s truck had hit me so hard that the dashboard pushed my feet through the floorboard, which pinned me in. If I had my seat belt on the steering wheel would have crushed my chest. I was cut out of the car and during this process, I died. My heart stopped a total of three separate times between the truck and the hospital in MED flight.Attachment 5

My injuries included a broken leg in two places, broken jaw, broken arm, 2 ruptured lungs, and a grade 3 brain trauma. The doctors said I was in the deepest “survivable” coma so they ushered my family into my room with a Chaplin. I was not expected to make it through the night, or wake at all.

Due to a lot of hope, faith, and prayers I woke up a week later in the Medical College of Virginia Neurological ICU and recovered to the best of my ability.

The driver of the Ford Ranger later admitted to an officer of drinking 12-14 beers that day while fishing on the river. The man was given a reckless driving ticket, that was later reduced to improper driving. Because of his decision to drink and drive, I was cut out of my car by the jaws of life.

On that July 5th, I died and ever since that day I have woken as someone else. I am unable to work, and have no short term memory. Everyday that I wake up it is a totally different day, but all still a blessing.

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Alan Gammon resides in Gum Springs, VA with his family. Alan spends one week a year traveling with "Carpenters for Christ"; an organization that travels to other communities helping fellow Christians build new worship centers.
  • Harriet Simpson

    God bless you and I am so glad you are still here with us today.

    • Alan Gammon

      Thank you Harriet for the compliment and I am thankful every day I wake

  • Robert Pyles

    Sorry to hear buddy we need you to get out and speak more about how and why cannabis is safer than alcohol.

    • Alan Gammon

      Hey Robert, I’m willing to speak to anyone willing to listen to the proof that I have and live with every minute of every day. With my brain injuries and lack of memory because of alcohol,The only thing I can’t forget, is that “I have no memory and the reasons why” but I’m a stronger person now than I was then because I have accepted my disabilities and use my abilities for the best.

  • Matt

    First off, God Bless you Alan! I am elated that you defied the odds and made it through that horrible situation. I found my way to this article due to your comment you left on the Washington Post/Poll Daddy poll entitled “Do You Agree With The Decision of Congress to Block D.C. Pot Legalization” and was inspired by your story. Isn’t it funny how out of the almost 15,000 votes the poll has seen so far, 93% of those people, agree with us, and yet congress will most likely ignore us anyway?

    I decided to see if I could find the article you hinted at in your post, and here I am. I agree with your comment 100% and am outraged as a voter that congress has taken the power from the people once again! I don’t live in D.C., but all the same I still feel the hypocrisy of our government calling this a democracy and then rejecting the will of the people when they don’t like what the people have to say. Furthermore, Marijuana is far less harmful than Alcohol, and actually has hundreds of medical applications, where as alcohol as almost none. I hope that people like us who can open our eyes and see the hypocrisy of our governments so called “Democracy”, can come together and find a way to make a positive difference in our country that we love so much! America’s population is a rich and diverse culture that deserves better than the bread crumbs that the people in power allow us. I know that if strong people like you and I can not only continue to voice our opinions, but also organize locally and communicate on a global scale, that we will have the power to make a difference. I would love to have the chance to work with you on getting our voices heard, and making a difference. At this point I am not part of any movement, but am interested in starting or joining one that has the sole interest of changing the status quo for the benefit of the common American man, no matter their ethnic background or religious beliefs, and am willing to do what ever it takes, as long as our movement remains peaceful. If you are interested in the same, let me know. My name is Matt, I am mad as hell and I am not going to take it any more. Let me know if your interested. Regardless, I wish you the best, and I hope each day is even better then the last for you! Thank you for speaking your mind!


    • Alan Gammon

      High Matt, I don’t know if I’ve already answered your comment or not due to the lack of memory but, I’m in a few groups already. “Dad’s for Marijuana” is one and “Free the Leaf” is another one. We are getting the word out to the public that will open their minds up to the proof that cannabis is safer and more useful than what was/is taught in schools around the world. PpPass-it-on Matt

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  • Jenny Marie

    Alan your story always make me cry . Hope you help more people who have brain injuries . wish you could still help me. Please contact me I have moved and still need your help

  • Alan Gammon

    I am now the Vice-President of Dad’s for Marijuana International. We are an organization fighting for the legal rites to possess and consume cannabis in what ever way that works best for your ailments. Cannabis will not only stop a grand maul seizure with-in seconds, it has also been proven to cure all kinds of cancers without Chemotherapy. I am not promoting the illegal use of cannabis but yet, the rites to to be able to choose what works best for you. Stay Safe, and PpPass-it-on