Ecuador: Student from U.S. recovers after breaking back in Bus Accident

Posted on July 9, 2015 • Filed under: Ecuador, Latin America Travel Marsden Christensen reported it’s been two years since Laramie Riggs was involved in a tragic bus accident in Ecuador, and the University of Utah alumni student is thriving.

Riggs was one of 35 people who were injured in the bus accident on July 6, 2013, that killed seven when it lost traction and rolled while she was on an internship.
“…I really think that God has a plan for everything, and that accident, while it was miserable breaking my back and having to wait for the healing to happen, it really shaped who I am and opened up so many possibilities for me.”

Although doctors said Riggs would not be able to be as physically active as she was before the accident, she has completed a half marathon and a Ragnar and continues to wakeboard, among other things.


She still feels pain in her back and neck from time to time and has lost feeling in parts of her body, but Riggs said she feels 100 percent fine.

“I think the accident has taught me what I’m capable of and also made me realize that through such a challenging experience, really that anything is possible,” Riggs said. Read Article

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