Health Care Hero And Car Crash Survivor Meet After 20 Years Video | Marcus Engel Speech | Goalcast
✪ After surviving a horrific car crash, Marcus Engel was left blind and endured years of hospitalization, rehab and recovery. 20 years later, he meets the mysterious woman who held his hand on the worst night of his life. Since then, he has dedicated his life to empowering healthcare professionals to improve their patient care.
when I was on my first weekend home from college I hooked up with three friends that I had made a church camp and on a Saturday night my friends and I were going home and got struck broadside by another car and I can remember laying there in the intersection facedown in a concrete thinking that I was going to die the paramedics got to the scene scooped me up rushed me to the closest level 1 trauma center and they pulled me into the emergency room where the trauma team immediately went to work on me what I learned soon after was not only that I had been struck blind immediately totally and permanently every bone from my hairline through my chin had been shattered my memories of being in the emergency room that night are pretty sketchy but the one very very strong memory I have was the fact that somebody was holding my right hand and any time I would stir just a little bit that hand would squeeze mine and I would squeeze that hand back in recognition and then the owner of that hand would say the same things over and over throughout the night she would say Marcus my name is Jennifer you were in a car accident you're in the hospital throughout that night if she held my hand she just kept whispering over and over I'm here I'm here Marcus I'm here I didn't even know where he was but I knew that in this world that had been turned inside out upside down and bludgeoned I knew that I was not alone I think we can all relate to this idea simple human presence is the cornerstone of a caregiving so let me take it back in time about three years ago I was invited to keynote for the very institution that saved my life and they couldn't get everybody into one room for a speech so they ended up booking me to speak five times a day five days in a row but on the second day of being there I got a little renewed energy when after I got done giving a presentation the patient experienced director of the hospital came up to the stage and said some words that I will never yeah she said Marcus we've got a surprise for you we found Jennifer for 20 years I knew nothing of Jennifer never knew her last name never knew her position in the emergency room I mean nothing about this individual who stayed with me on what was the very worst night of my life and for the first time in two decades I finally got to hold her hands again and say thank you us absolutely one of the most magical moments of my life and as you can probably imagine I had a million questions for Jennifer and my first question was well who were you back then Jennifer said well at the time I was a 20 year old patient care tech working here in the emergency room and as a 20 year old patient care tech Jennifer didn't have time to have years and years of experience under her belt she didn't have time to go through years of higher education she just knew human being a human being what I needed more than anything was simple human presence presence is the greatest gift we can give to another you