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Luis Marin Barron

Lucky, Strong & Blessed

Admission: March 2011
Discharge: August 2011

Life was good for Luis Marin-Barron in early 2011. He had just accepted a promotion into management and was enjoying life with family and friends. That all changed on January 29, 2011, when he was involved in a serious head-on collision near Carroll, Iowa. Luis suffered massive injuries to his body, brain and internal organs. He had to be cut out of his car and taken by air ambulance to a Des Moines hospital.

"The sheriff on the scene told us he most likely wouldn't live," said Patricia Marin, Luis's sister. "But he is a fighter and a true miracle."

After six weeks in the hospital, Luis arrived at On With Life in a coma and spent five months in our Post-Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation program, two of which were spent  in our Disorders of Consciousness (coma) program.

"I owe a lot to On With Life," said Luis. "They helped me relearn how to walk, talk and eat. I am very grateful." 

After Luis was discharged, Patricia and her family continued caring for Luis for two years, a role she says On With Life helped prepare her for. 

"We couldn't have continued helping and supporting him without the education and guidance from On With Life staff," said Patricia. "They changed our lives as a family."

Now four years later, life is good once again for Luis. In 2014, he met Sandra Yesenia Marin and they were married in February of this year. He plans to return to work and has accepted a management role with a waste management company - the same position he had accepted before his accident.

"My life is coming back, and it's better than before," said Luis. "I'm strong, lucky and blessed."