PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Seven weeks after losing a leg in a near-fatal auto accident Christmas Eve, Cory Garabedian walked out of Rhode Island Hospital.
With stark memories of that horrific mishap still swirling in his head, the 23-year-old seems determined to put the past behind him.
Plans to enroll in Dean College and play quarterback on the football team are being put on hold, as are a lot of other things on Garabedian’s personal agenda. For now, therapy remains the top priority and learning to walk all over again with an artificial leg.
“If I master the prosthetic, then maybe I’ll try and get involved with sports again, even if it’s on the coaching side,” he said. “If I should coach, it will be with the AYF, church or some other Armenian sports team. I’d like to give back what the Armenian community gave me growing up.”
Words from Garabedian’s Facebook page as he left the hospital are bound to uplift friends: “Today is the day when my hospital nightmare ends. I’m going home and never looking back. To everyone, just take life day by day because you never know when it’s going to be your last.”
According to Garabedian’s physicians, he may never have survived such an ordeal had it not been for his strong physical condition and uncompromising faith.