A Lufkin motorcyclist who was hit by a pick up truck that drove through a red light is thankful to finally be able to run again. Three years ago, Mike Ferrigno lost his leg but not his dignity. Now, he's learning to run again like he once did while in the U.S. Navy.
In August of 2010, Michael Ferrigno was crossing the intersection of Dennman Avenue and South First Street when a man driving a pick up truck made a traffic violation.
"A man ran a red
light and busted up my leg. I had to have it amputated," Ferrigno said.
Three years later, the motorcyclist said
maybe this all could have been prevented.
"He looked like he
was searching for a camera. I was
watching him," Ferrigno said. "I figured he'd look my way but he never did. By the time I got to
the intersection he decided to take off, and he just hit me so hard it ripped
my whole foot off."
The Lufkin man was air lifted to a Tyler
"I stopped breathing
in the trauma center twice and evidently the lord didn't want me to leave
yet," Ferrigno said.
His wife later told him his leg had to be
"It was six months
later before I could actually use a prosthetic," Ferrigno said.
The former U.S. Navy air craft electrician
was able to learn how to walk at a VA hospital in Houston after 14 weeks of
extensive physical therapy.
"It was balancing,
strength training, and learning techniques to walk better," Ferrigno said. "See I thought I knew
how to walk but I didn't."
As veterans affairs has taken care of him
and he's worked hard to learn how to walk with his new left leg, he figured he
was ready to learn how to run again.
"It was a long road
and there was stuff I had to learn along the way and after a while I just made
my mind up," Ferrigno said. "I started lifting weights about 16 months ago."
As he's been dedication to never giving
up, the 58-year-old became eligible for a running leg this year.
"I'm thankful because
when I first ran it was pretty good feeling, and I felt like I really made a
great milestone in my efforts to be able to do everything that I used to
do," Ferrigno said.
Ferrigno said he believes without
inner strength he would not be where he is today.
"If a person gives
up, they have nothing," Ferrigno said. "There's one thing I've never done since this has
happened; I've never felt sorry for myself. If a person gets in that mode, the
battle is a loss."
Ferrigno said he's not scared to
get back on a motorcycle but it will probably take some time before he takes a
Monday, September 1 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:04:35 GMT
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