Almost Pronounced Dead, Author Recovers To Tell Her Amazing Story of Survival and Rebuilding a Life
After being hospitalized by a horrendous accident, the doctors were ready to pull the plug, warm up the body, and begin harvesting organs for waiting recipients.
Then Maria Federici moved her hand, halting the procedure, and began her personal journey to recovery.
While Maria was returning from work in February 2004 an unsecured item of furniture went flying from a rental trailer, smashing onto the roadway and propelling a large piece of wood through the windshield striking Maria in the head. The impact caused massive brain injuries, complete blindness, and destroyed her face.
Just when doctors in the emergency room gave up on any hope of recovery, Maria decided otherwise, thus beginning her remarkable story of survival, recovery, and rebuilding her life by taking some of the most challenging obstacles and learning to overcome them.
Speaking of that moment, Maria says: After doing everything they could and using the best judgment possible, they deemed my injuries to be terminal. They sent my family and friends home. Then began warming my body up in preparation for organ donation. At that point so I m told I reached out into the darkness and pushed the nurse s arm away.
Since the accident, Maria has undergone nearly a dozen reconstructive surgeries, had a state law named in her honor (Maria s Law) making it a crime not to secure loads, and won a $15.5 million judgment against the trailer rental company and the man who failed to tie down the load. After the company appealed, Maria settled for a lesser amount which paid for her medical bills and allows her to live comfortably.
The author said she wrote the book to encourage other people facing major obstacles in life. The advice she gives in Obstacles Bring Em is: You think you got problems? Obstacles in your life? Some major setback got you down? . If that s true, keep at it. Find a way through it all. Fight. Search. Struggle. Fail and try again and again and again. I did. And look at me now. For now I m out Obstacles Bring Em serves as a shining example for readers who need encouragement in how to face and fight obstacles and never give up. As she lives life to the fullest after the accident, Maria looks forward to the day when things like stem cell study provide a cure for vision loss.
Maria has been featured in several television newscasts and interviewed countless times by reporters following the accident. One television interview of her working as a blind bartender was posted on you-tube and went viral.
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