(NEW YORK POST) – When the 9-ton truck slammed into John Maclean, it sent him clattering over and before coming to a rest, broken, beneath a highway guard rail. The bike he'd been riding laid off to one side.
Medics doubted Maclean would survive the 25-mile journey to the hospital near Sydney, Australia. A passing priest had administered last rites. When Maclean arrived at the ER, doctors — with a bit of gallows humor — referred to his probable condition as "mahogany or pine."
The scene of Maclean's accident.Photo: Maclean family
But there was no coffin for Maclean. Days later, as he woke in intensive care, his first words were: "How's my bike?"
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The words inspired his dad to believe that John might pull through. And he did, despite head and chest trauma, a broken arm and pelvis, a pulmonary contusion — and a broken back and partially-severed spinal cord.