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The following stories are examples of patients whose lives have been touched by the Harris Health System.
Alberto Arriaga, a carpenter, was working nights on a large construction project when he and a co-worker, who was driving a scissor lift, stopped for a break. When Alberto bent to remove his knee pads, the lift driver accidently moved forward trapping Alberto between the door and lift.
It was a normal day in September 2019 when Lida Cruz stopped on her driveway to open the gate. When she got out of the truck, it started rolling backward. When she rushed back to take the truck out of gear, she was hit by the door and knocked into the street.
On March 17, 2019, Cody Langley, 20, along with his father, brother and cousin, watched a late-night street race. Standing near the finish line, Cody remembers the start of the race, but nothing else. The car nearest to him lost control and hit Cody going – estimates differ – 150-200 miles an hour.
Richard Quiroga was with his family when they encountered road rage first hand. The driver of the other car pulled alongside the Quirogas. When his sister saw a gun, Richard, 29, leaned forward to look. The driver fired, and the bullet went into the right side of Richard’s head and exited through his eyebrow.
On Thursday, January 2, 2020, Brandon Walker ended a busy work day and walked to a nearby shop to grab a cup of coffee before driving to New Orleans for the weekend. He started across the street – and woke to hear an EMT tell him he was on his way to Ben Taub Hospital.
Six days before her 28th birthday, Krysten Wiist told her mom over dinner, “I guess I’m not going to be a member of the 27 Club.” She was speaking of popular musicians and artists who died at age 27: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison, to name a few. A few hours later, she opened her apartment door to find a man with a gun.