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Dani Simien was in his car, driving home from his girlfriend’s prom. It was a foggy Saturday night, April 29, 2007.

The next thing he remembers is waking up in a hospital room.

“I tried to move my legs and arms and I couldn’t. I saw all kinds of machines, feeding tubes, a trachea in my throat, tubes in my sides. It was very scary, like a nightmare. One day you’re dancing, having fun and the next time you wake up and it’s several weeks later and you can’t move.”

He was paralyzed from the waist down. Two weeks had passed. His mother, doctors and lawyers told him that he was involved in a head-on collision about 1:00 a.m. that prom night. Some weeks later, after he had gotten out of intensive care, they told him more: that the driver of the other car, a young woman, had been drinking—and was killed.

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