Hey y’all! In my career I’ve met a lot of achievers, both famous and not so famous and I loved collecting their stories. One thing they all had in common was an absolute blind refusal to give up when the load became too heavy.
The ability to pick oneself off the ground…(yet again!) and dust off the seat of our pants is in all of us. If you are experiencing tough times this little series of stories is for you. For some folk, who seem to have been handed it all on a plate, their stories will surprise you!
WHO? : Truman Duncan
IS? : Survivor of horrific accident.
SAID? : ‘Life is good. Life goes on.’
On June 25th 2006 Truman Duncan was working as a railroad switchman in Cleburne Texas. He lost his footing, fell off a moving train and was left hanging onto the car. He was desperately trying to run backward and match the speed of the train when inevitably he was sucked under the carriage and pulled under. The wheels of the train ran over him, slicing him diagonally in half through his pelvis.
‘I Need 911. I’m Cut In Two.’
For reasons unknown Duncan did not pass out from pain or blood loss and was able to listen to 20,000 pounds of dead weight slice him in two. In reply he pulled out his phone and called for assistance. The recording of his 911 call reveals a strangely calm but slightly breathless Duncan asking for help as he has been ‘cut in two.’
Despite a great amount of blood loss Duncan was able to call his family whilst he was being extricated and swap endearments with them, not knowing if he would make it. But make it he did. He spent 3 hours in surgery having his wounds cleaned of gravel and dirt followed by 23 more surgeries over 4 months. He spent 3 weeks in a coma.
Truman today is ‘confined’ to a wheelchair but says he pretty much does what he did before albeit a little slower. He plays baseball with his son, he mows the lawn, he swims and has built a patio in his backyard. He also returned to his job at the rail yard.
Grrr! Why YOU ain’t beat yet!
You are not beaten because….wow…..well…..where do I start??!! Duncan refused to be beat! His attitude was almost as calm as ‘yeah I’m cut in two, but I have family that needs me so therefore I’ll be going nowhere any time soon!’
The doctors are at a loss as to why he didn’t just bleed to death and have also put it down to his sheer decision to survive. The sheer audacity of his refusal to give in and fall asleep was remarkable. He had strong reasons. His family.
To me it says that crazy things are possible, so stay strong, refuse to surrender and let good things happen. This is one of those profiles that is pretty tough to beat and therefore gives us mere mortals perspective in our own lives and strength for whatever we may be going through.