KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City police officer lost a leg and his sight following a near-fatal motorcycle crash, but he is finally back home after months of rehab.
KCPD Officer Nate Harrison suffered critical injuries and spent weeks in a medically-induced coma after he crashed his motorcycle on I-435 near the Triangle last December.
Harrison talked for the first time about his wreck and his road to recovery in an exclusive interview with FOX 4 on Tuesday.
“I shouldn’t even be sitting here talking, but I am,” Harrison said. “God spared me for a reason.”
Harrison is still trying to make sense of it all, saying doctors, nurses and those close to him questioned if he would survive.
“All the doctors, all the nurses at the hospital said, ‘Pull the plug. He’s got nothing left,’” he said. “‘If he does make it, he’s going to be a vegetable forever. He’s not going to be able to speak. He’s not going to be able to walk. He’s not going to be able to eat.’”
But Harrison is still here today. He's lost a leg and his vision, but he hasn't lost his spirit.
“I`m alive and well and doing better than most of the doctors, if not all of the doctors and nurses, thought I would be,” he said.
Harrison doesn't remember anything about the crash; but police said he ran off the road, hit a sign and a pole, and then lay in a ditch for several hours before a passing driver saw him.
“I don't think it was just carelessness or something like that,” Harrison said. “I think it was maybe debris or an animal or something along those lines, but it would definitely be nice to know for sure.”
He’s now choosing to focus on his recovery. He's just spent the past two months at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska.
His wife, Jessica, was by his side every step of the way.
“It’s a miracle,” she said. “That’s the only way I can sum it up. It’s a miracle.”
Together, the couple and their three little boys leaned on friends, family and their faith to get through the tough times.
“All the prayers and support from our close friends, from church, even from other friends and people we didn`t even know has been huge,” Harrison said.
It’s a support system and a surreal experience that's shown Harrison and his family what's truly important in life.
“We feel like we’ve almost been given a second chance, you know?” his wife said. “And when somebody gives you that opportunity, when God gives you that opportunity, you don’t look back.”
Harrison hopes with more physical therapy and prayer, he'll one day regain his sight.
In the meantime, his friends have organized a 5K run/walk and a Crossfit event to raise money for his family.