CHICAGO (CBS) — A St. Louis man who was the sufferer of a hit-and-run on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile – and lost each of his legs – says he’s selecting to keep positive.
The one that hit Dr. Bryce Summary has not been tracked down.
For virtually a month, Summary has been in and out of surgical procedure at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He spoke for the primary time to CBS 2’s Marissa Perlman concerning the crash that modified his life without end.
Twenty-three days and 9 surgical procedures later, Summary says he cannot wait to go away the hospital and get again to his two boys in St. Louis. He’s leaving having lost lots – but additionally having gained a brand new perspective on life.
It was an not possible dialog when Summary noticed his two younger sons – Connor and Isaac – for the primary time since he lost each his legs in the hit-and-run.
The boys’ questions for their dad have been heartbreaking:
“Did everyone see your boo-boo?”
“And the bad guy got away?”
“You were crying?”
But Summary was comfortable to be with his children and hug them.
It was day quantity 23 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for Summary and his spouse Amy, who has been at his aspect ever for the reason that crash that took his legs on May 12.
The couple was in city for a convention. They have been strolling close to Michigan Avenue and Ohio Street when somebody driving a white Mercedes Benz tried to take off from a site visitors cease.
The driver hit one other automotive earlier than barreling right into a constructing.
Summary was pinned beneath the automotive. His legs have been crushed.
Police mentioned the folks in the automotive ran off.
“I realized he wasn’t behind me, and then I looked, and I found him,” mentioned Amy Summary.
“I just kind of remember feeling trapped, almost,” added Dr. Summary, “and the next thing, I remember is I remember like being in the ambulance, hearing, ‘Tourniquets!'”
Northwestern nurses have been close by and rushed to cease the bleeding in Summary’s legs. Just blocks away on the hospital, docs instructed him his legs couldn’t be saved.
“The news was just devastating,” Dr. Summary mentioned. “I think about like not being able, you know, like, chasing my kids around and pick them up. I want to have another child, and I think about, like, how hard it would be to have my legs amputated.”
Dr. Summary is now recovering from his ninth surgical procedure. He is selecting to keep positive – and wants to walk again for his boys.
“They’re like, ‘Daddy, you’re going to have robot legs!'” he mentioned. “And I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to have robot legs.'”
Police mentioned nobody is in custody in the hit-and-run. But Bryce and Amy Summary say they aren’t losing vitality in discovering who’s accountable for what he has lost.
And even now, Dr. Summary says he’s grateful.
“This is just a challenge that I need to overcome,” he mentioned. “It’s going to make me a better person.”
In an prompt, every thing modified. But Dr. Summary says he’ll now create a brand new regular for his household.
“I plan on being just the same Bryce as I was before,” he mentioned.
From Chicago to St. Louis, the communities are coming collectively to assist with the price of bodily remedy and renovations Dr. Summary will want as soon as he’s again residence. The fundraisers are being administered via GoFundMe and Show Me Victories.
Bryce and Amy Summary are hopeful they are going to be again residence to their boys in St. Louis by the top of the week. He says he cannot wait.