Local man thanks medical professionals for saving his life

Local man thanks medical professionals for saving his life

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"The staff was amazing," Sharp's wife Gae explained. "I knew he was taken care of, but they ministered to our whole family. They took care of all of us." "The staff was amazing," Sharp's wife Gae explained. "I knew he was taken care of, but they ministered to our whole family. They took care of all of us."
Sharp had no memories for nearly eight weeks following the accident, so this event was the first time he remembers meeting most of these emergency workers. Sharp had no memories for nearly eight weeks following the accident, so this event was the first time he remembers meeting most of these emergency workers.
Sharp was freed from the twisted metal, but his ankle and foot were crushed and the top portion of his heart was torn. Sharp was freed from the twisted metal, but his ankle and foot were crushed and the top portion of his heart was torn.

By KRISTIN FARLEY
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - It was an accident that doctors and emergency crews thought no one could survive, but a local man did.  

Now more than a year after crashing his car, he was reunited with those who helped save his life at a special meeting at UT Medical Center.

John Sharp, 50, spoke calmly as he explained the accident that nearly took his life.

"The impact of the accident forced the pole through the engine,into the dash and forced the dash down onto my leg," said Sharp.

That accident on February 21, 2012 changed Sharp's life forever. He apparently left work early, not feeling well, then passed out behind the wheel as he was trying to get home.

"My memories of the day of the accident are extremely limited," said Sharp.   

But emergency crews remember all too well passing the wreckage and seeing people running down the interstate. Paramedics Ryan Morris and Tasha Wise happened to be on an access road nearby when they rushed to the scene and then called for back-up.  

"With the way the car was up on him, we were afraid once we got him out, he would just bleed out on us," Morris said.

Sharp was freed from the twisted metal, but his ankle and foot were crushed and the top portion of his heart was torn. 

He was rushed to UT Medical Center where Level One trauma teams jumped into action, not just helping him, but also his frightened family.  

"The staff was amazing," Sharp's wife Gae explained. "I knew he was taken care of, but they ministered to our whole family. They took care of all of us."

Dr. Tom Gaines performed heart surgery, repairing the hole in Sharp's heart, but there were complications. Sharp went into cardiac arrest.  Dr. Gaines said most patients in Sharp's condition would have died before ever getting to the operating room. 

He would go on to describe Sharp as "lucky." 

Sharp had no memories for nearly eight weeks following the accident, so this event was the first time he remembers meeting most of these emergency workers.

He presented them with a special gift, to thank them for all their hard work.

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