Jim Wilson headed for home stretch
Jim Wilson should be home soon.
Wilson, 47, was given a 1 percent chance of living after being mangled in a motorcycle accident in September, but six months later, doctors now expect a full recovery.
“I had no idea I’d even been in a wreck,” said Wilson about waking from a seven-week coma. “I always felt I was one of the safest riders on the road, … then suddenly for this to happen was amazing to me. I almost didn’t believe them.”
Wilson, who lives in Truckee with his wife Lindy, has undergone 19 surgeries to repair bones and internal organs since a van struck him while he was riding his motorcycle near Konocti Bay. He will move to his fourth hospital today when he is transferred from Renown hospital to a nearby rehabilitation facility.
“It’s been pretty amazing when you think about where he was, and how far he’s come,” Lindy Wilson said. “His spirit is amazing. He has down days once in a while, but as a whole he is so positive.”
Lindy, the couple’s three children, and Wilson’s parents and siblings have been at his side nonstop for the past six months, according to Jim Wilson’s father, Jim Wilson Sr.
“This has been one of the most difficult things I have ever done,” his father said.
“This process has been excruciating; but as it turns out, we were really privileged.”
Jim’s parents are both retired and have been living in their motorhome near the hospital. The father and injured son have been spending nine to 12 hours together everyday in an effort to speed Jim’s rehabilitation process.
“We were very close when he was a youngster, and we have renewed that bond,” Wilson Sr. said.
Wilson Jr. said that he, too, has seen many positives come from this tragedy.
“I always wondered what kind of guy I would be if something like this happened ” would I turn to God or turn away from God? I turned toward Him,” he said. “I have forgiven the person who did this ” he didn’t do this on purpose … and he’s probably really sorry.”
Wilson said that he has set July as his goal for full recovery. Wilson’s son Adam will graduate from the Air Force Academy that month, four days before his daughter, Kellie, is expected to deliver her first child. WIlson said he would like to be present for both events.
“I’m going to be positive all the way through because I am going to beat this ” I’ve got to ” I’ve got grandkids now,” Wilson said. “I’m not in pain; I’m feeling good.”
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