- Tapa blanda: 207 páginas
- Editor: Createspace (23 de abril de 2012)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1475073089
- ISBN-13: 978-1475073089
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº799.377 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
The Road Back: A Journey of Grace and Grit (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 23 abr 2012
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Matthew Miller had just pedaled up a mountain pass. He was 20, a member of the University of Virginia triathlon club, so fit his resting pulse was 42! He was on top of the world in so many ways, in love, with dreams of attending medical school. And then, cycling along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, tragedy struck. The real story is not what happened, but what happened after. Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Michael Vitez shares with you the incredible, humbling, miraculous story of Matt’s survival and recovery. It is a story, truly, of grace and grit, of an America that shines – families, community, individuals and institutions. The story is as gripping as it is inspiring. Ride along! The author first chronicled Matt Miller’s story for his newspaper, The Philadelphia Inquirer. The response from readers was so overwhelming – and Matt’s continued recovery so remarkable – that Vitez immersed himself in Matt’s world. The Road Back is not only about a young man’s drive to reclaim his life, but about the the people who rode with him, rescued him, helped him heal, and saw up close his amazing comeback.
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Those themes resonate in The Road Back, where Miller's family spends three days in 2008 wondering if the college junior is going to emerge from extensive brain and facial surgery following a devastating bicycle accident near Charlottesville, Virginia. Miller, who broke every bone in his face and essentially lost all of his teeth, even has a shy, pretty girlfriend who spends nights at his hospital bedside even as his face is mangled far beyond anything Rocky endured.
Miller, a walk-on swimmer at the University of Virginia who quit the team after one year to focus on triathlon, showed a superhuman tolerance for pain and proving medical experts wrong. He was studying physics texts in bed within days of emerging from major brain trauma. He found a way to consume nearly 4,000 calories a day with his jaw wired shut and underwent eight root canals in one day with minimal painkillers.
Doctors thought Miller could have permanent brain damage and would face months of physical therapy. Instead, he left the hospital in 25 days, scored a 95 on a makeup physics exam with a class average of 65, and two years later completed an Ironman triathlon -- during his first semester of medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, no less.
It speaks volumes about the state of the book business that such a story written by someone with the credentials of Vitez was rejected by 15 publishers, all no doubt waiting for the next Kardashian offering.
Thankfully, Vitez opted to publish the book himself.
Let's hope there's a movie.