Health & Fitness

South Dade High principal helps celebrate Trauma Awareness Day

Among the trauma survivors at Kendall Regional Medical Center’s Sixth Annual Trauma Awareness Day Wednesday was, arguably, South Florida’s most famous trauma survivor of the last 12 months.

“Coming back to Kendall Regional is extremely emotional because thanks to Kendall Regional, I’m here today,” said Javier Perez, the South Dade High School principal who almost lost his life and did lose his legs when struck by an allegedly drunk Marilyn Aguilera while coaching his son’s baseball game on April 26, 2016.

Aguilera, facing two DUI charges, remains in custody and is about to undergo psychological examination to determine if she’s competent to stand trial.

“Luckily, from the work of the doctors, the surgeons who worked on me all night, nurses and God, I was able to survive,” Perez said. And, supported by his wife, children and faith, “As you can see, a year later, I’m doing great. I’ve started to walk and in a few months, I hope to be walking full time.”

Each year, Kendall Regional brings back patients with their families to visit with those who provided their care, from fire rescue personnel and police officers to emergency room personnel.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal