Before you pass a bill restricting our rights, remember people like me

Three years ago, I died for 11 minutes and lost all four of my limbs due to medical negligence. Thanks to Florida’s civil justice system, I was able to get justice and carry on with my life. Now, Florida lawmakers are rushing to pass a bill that will severely restrict Floridians’ access to the courts and gut the ability of people like me to recover damages for future medical care and medical devices.

My story begins with me waking up from a coma at a different hospital than I entered, learning that I had gone into cardiac arrest due to an undiagnosed infection, and that because of life-saving measures which shunted blood to my vital organs during the 11-minute code, I was likely going to require amputation of all four of my limbs.

It is by the grace of God, and the heroic efforts of healthcare providers at the receiving hospital, that I am still alive today. Ultimately, I had to watch as both my arms and legs turned black, and all four of my limbs were surgically amputated.

I didn’t have to be a quadruple amputee. Before this all happened, I lived a healthy and active life, working a full-time job, raising four children, and coaching their sports teams.

Quadruple amputee Gary Miracle of Rockledge just after crossing over the finish line of the  Tailgate 2-Miler.  HE is with his sister, Jennifer Falcone, and father, Gary Miracle Sr. At left is award winning marathon runner Marko Cheseto, originally from Kenya, and now a Clermont, Florida, resident, who was one of the race's top finishers. He, too, is an amputee.

Quadruple amputee Gary Miracle of Rockledge just after crossing over the finish line of the Tailgate 2-Miler. HE is with his sister, Jennifer Falcone, and father, Gary Miracle Sr. At left is award winning marathon runner Marko Cheseto, originally from Kenya, and now a Clermont, Florida, resident, who was one of the race’s top finishers. He, too, is an amputee.

Because my injuries were foreseeable and preventable, I was able to bring a claim under Florida law for the medical care and treatment I needed for my permanent injuries. Thanks

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