STONY BROOK, Long Island, N.Y. — A police officer who spent almost two weeks on life support after a severe crash with a suspected drunk driver was released from the hospital. The suspected drunk driver died in the crash. The officer was greeted by his colleagues and superiors, along with dozens of others as he was discharged from Stony Brook Hospital and transported by ambulance to a rehabilitation facility where he is expected to remain for a long stay as he continues to recover from his injuries. ABC 7 NY reported that the injured officer is a member of the Suffolk County Police Department.
The video was taken of the injured officer leaving Stony Brook Hospital shows the injured officer on a stretcher, sitting up, smiling and waving to dozens of people who came to wish him well after he was discharged. The officer showed his appreciation for his superiors’ and his colleagues’ support by shaking hands and expressing his heartfelt gratitude to them. It is plain to see that the officer knows he is lucky to be alive.
The Suffolk County police officer was injured in a violent crash with a suspected drunk driver. The officer was driving northerly on 5thAvenue in Bay Shore when a vehicle operated by a person the police said was drunk heading south slammed into him head-on. The alleged drunk driver was killed in the crash. The officer almost died, as well. The collision broke his pelvis and dislocated his hip. A medical helicopter flew him to Stony Brook Hospital. The injured officer almost did not survive.
Medical professionals soon determined that the badly injured officer suffered a ruptured aorta and suffered acute respiratory distress syndrome. Consequently, the officer spent two weeks on life support as his body fought to heal. Now, the officer faces a lengthy period of physical rehabilitation at a local rehabilitation facility. There was no indication if the officer could ever return to work.
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