Dr. Jeff Huxford was a successful family medical doctor when a life-altering car accident changed absolutely everything. On May 3, 2012, he drove into town to pick up some items at a local hardware store, but a series of shocking events along the way sent his life on a totally different trajectory — and it all unfolded in mere seconds.
Huxford, author of the new book, “Finding Normal: An Uninvited Change, An Unexpected Outcome,” recently told “The Pure Flix Podcast” about how his near-death experience and the traumatic brain injury he suffered during the collision transformed his life and family.
“I stopped at the stop light, but a truck going the other way did not stop … [and] pushed my truck into a concrete pole,” Huxford said. “My head went through the driver’s side window and hit the pole … they had to cut me out with the jaws of life.”
The very serious accident led paramedics to transport Huxford to Chicago, where he received treatment for his injuries.
“It was a miracle that I survived,” he said, noting that the accident left him with “a severe traumatic brain injury” — an experience that forced changes throughout his entire life.
These changes were difficult and inevitably led him on an introspective journey he could have never imagined.
Huxford said he was initially determined to get back to normal — back to the same exact person he was before the accident. Unfortunately, the path through such a severe traumatic brain injury is anything but seamless.
“After a brain injury a person has to find their new normal … and I didn’t really believe that at first,” he said, noting that he thought that with “enough hard work and enough time and determination” he could get back to the person he was before.
But the accident forced Huxford to retire due to his complications with traumatic brain injury, leaving behind his decade-long career as a physician.
Although the brain injury took away his ability to practice medicine, Jeff learned a multitude of wonderful truths about God and found his value and purpose rooted in Christ.
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