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Tyler Osmundson

Admission: April 20, 2012
Discharge: September 14, 2012

Tyler Osmundson had no idea March 21, 2012, would represent the day his life changed forever. After being blindsided by a garbage truck, Tyler was airlifted to Mercy Medical Center where doctors had their doubts if Tyler would survive.


"I was home from college for spring break and planned to work all week to make extra money," Tyler says. "I was attending and playing football at Iowa Western Community College with hopes of transferring to Iowa State. It never occurred to me that anything would change that dream."


After a month in the hospital, Tyler was admitted to On With Life's Disorders of Consciousness program. "When I arrived I couldn't talk, walk or eat," he says. "If someone would've told me I would be walking six months later, I would've thought they were lying."


On September 14, 2012, Tyler did just that and walked out of On With Life. Today, he's living the life of most 20-year-olds, living in his own apartment, taking college classes and deciding what the future holds. In addition, Tyler and his new Husky puppy, Chance, volunteer at On With Life every week.


"Being sent to On With Life still makes me think God is looking out for me. It truly was a blessing to be placed in such good hands and recover as much as I did," Tyler says. "For everything they did, it was an easy decision to volunteer at the place that gave me my life back."