By Kate Raddatz

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Doctors say a Twin Cities man has made a miraculous recovery after a hit-and-run accident left him fighting for his life.

A vehicle hit Eagan resident Bryan Joas as he rode his bike home from work in March.

“The next moment of consciousness was at the hospital,” Bryan said.

Bryan Joas (credit: CBS)

Bryan Joas (credit: CBS)

He was in and out of consciousness for weeks after he suffered internal bleeding and became septic. His kidneys started shutting down

“I was given the choice to just put him in comfort care or to try one more surgery,” said Shauna, Bryan’s wife.

The surgery was successful, and after a three-month hospital stay Bryan went home with his wife and their two children.

“I don’t think there’s too many people that can walk away from an accident like that,” Bryan said.

Not only did he walk away, but Bryan was out of his wheelchair after a surgery to repair his crushed pelvis. He is already been back on his wheels for short bike rides.

“Everyone was hoping for that miracle,” Shauna said. “Everyone prays for that and a lot of people don’t get it.”

Shauna says she feels a degree of survivor’s guilt, but that the accident taught her family to never take a day for granted.

“The day of the accident, we were in our rush to get to school,” Shauna said. “Now I kind of chase him around the house to say goodbye.”

The driver that hit Bryan has not been found. The couple says they hope his story sparks a conversation about drivers and bicyclists sharing the road, so everyone has a safe ride home.


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