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Harlan County man overcomes life-threatening accident, now inspires others to do same
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Sunday, October 13, 2013 10:59 AM EDT
Jonathan Steele suffered life-threatening injuries in a construction accident while helping to rebuild KY 38 in the Black Joe area a little over 10 years ago. A step broke on a grader, he fell and a 16-ton grader rolled on top of him.
Following hospital stays in Holston Valley Medical Center, in Kingsport, Tenn., and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., he saw a remarkable recovery after undergoing more than 20 surgeries and procedures. He lost his right leg to amputation.
With massive amounts of physical therapy and rehabilitation, Steele has become a motivation and resource to many as a result of his injury, providing encouragement to others who feel the challenge of recovery to be too great from such a horrific accident.