Thirteen Years After Near-Fatal Crash, Patient Returns to Memorial
Now a Doctor, He Keeps Vow to Help Others
Long before he became a doctor, Adam Blomberg had a personal association with Memorial Healthcare System.
When he first arrived at Memorial Regional Hospital in February 1995, he was a patient with a serious brain injury. Critically injured in an automobile accident, he had a collapsed lung, a fractured skull, and a blood clot the size of a fist on his brain.
Then 18, and a top student and track-team captain at Cooper City High School, he was thrown from a friend's minivan and landed headfirst almost 40 feet away.
"They saved my life," Dr. Blomberg says of the medical team and staff who treated him at Memorial Regional Hospital. "They were compassionate, caring. They treated my family with the utmost respect. The care was very comprehensive. Everything was laid out in a plan and followed through."
When he was discharged from the hospital, he made a vow. "I'll be back," he told the staff. "You're going to see me 10 years from now and wonder, â€˜Who is that doctor?'"
Thirteen years later, he has kept his word.
Today, Dr. Blomberg, 31, is a clinical anesthesiologist on the medical staffs at Memorial Regional Hospital, Memorial Regional Hospital South, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, Memorial Hospital West, Memorial Hospital Miramar and Memorial Hospital Pembroke.
His treatment and recovery convinced him to pursue a career in medicine, and one day return to Memorial to help others.
"I was always interested in medicine but I didn't know which way things were going to go," he said. "After the crash, I knew I wanted to give back and go into medicine. Once I recovered, I knew what I wanted to do. I credit the team at Memorial for saving my life and helping me get to where I am today."
Despite a serious brain injury, Blomberg was encouraged by his neurosurgeon to follow his dream and not let the accident block his path. "She just said, â€˜Work hard and you'll be able to do anything you want to do.' She said to pursue my dreams. I had to work to get back up to where I was. I didn't just pick up where I left off."
After the accident, he spent months recovering at home, and underwent six months of physical therapy at Memorial Hospital West. That fall, he entered college at the University of Miami, followed by medical school four years later.
"I am very, very fortunate that I recovered the way I did," Dr. Blomberg says. "I always knew I wanted to come back to South Florida. I wanted to come back to Memorial because that was the hospital that saved my life."
In addition to his practice, Dr. Blomberg dedicates many hours to educating college and high-school students about driving responsibly. He also counsels young accident patients.
"I lecture them about wearing seat belts," Dr. Blomberg says. "I tell them, â€˜You're lucky and next time you might not be as lucky.' One split second can change your life."
That split second that changed his life helped make him a better doctor, he said. "I tell patients I understand what they're going through. I know that feeling and I know it's scary. I'm not giving them the doctor talk. I'm talking to them as someone who has been there."
In his talks and on the job, he believes his unique perspective helps him connect with students and patients. It's also given him a unique bond with his colleagues.
"It's an interesting feeling to be here. It's kind of surreal because this was the hospital that saved my life and now I'm treating patients who are in a similar situation," Dr. Blomberg says. "It's a wonderful feeling to know that I am part of helping them. I feel like things have come full circle."
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