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Methodist Dallas Celebrates Cassidy Smith’s Success Story One Year After Near-fatal Accident

Posted by Sarah Cohen on Jun 16, 2015 9:36:00 AM


OR transporter Donny Graham and recovery nurse Araceli Soto talk with Cassidy at the celebration.

On June 12, 2014, Cassidy Smith’s life changed forever. But one year later, she had lots to celebrate.

A year ago, a traumatic car accident left Cassidy with broken bones in every limb, a broken sternum, a severed liver and spleen — and her life on the line. CareFlite brought the then-19-year-old to Methodist Dallas Medical Center, where the team sprang into action to save her life — and her quality of life.

Dozens of surgeries, hospital stays, physical therapy sessions, and doctor visits followed, but so did many inspirational moments. In her own way, Cassidy brought joy to the Methodist Dallas staff, and they in turn restored her self-esteem and helped her find direction for her second chance at life. She is now driving, playing guitar, studying to be a physical therapist, starting a new job, and volunteering in the Methodist Dallas emergency department.

Last Friday, her caregivers joined Cassidy and her family in the hospital’s Weiss Auditorium to recognize all the milestones they’d achieved in the last year. The event featured her favorite foods and music and media coverage by The Dallas Morning News and CW 33.

All in all, it was an opportunity for gratitude — for the employees to say thank you to Cassidy for inspiring them in their care, and for Cassidy to say thank you for the care and friendship she found at Methodist Dallas. 

“This was the best day of my life,” Cassidy said of the event.  

Read more of her story in the Summer 2015 issue of Shine and watch her share the story in her own words on our YouTube site. 

Sarah_Cohen_cropAs the publication specialist/editor for Methodist Health System, Sarah Cohen enjoys getting to know our patients and telling their stories. She thrives on AP style and proper comma placement, and has been known to mentally edit the occasional billboard. Outside the office, you’ll find her on the tennis court, singing (pretty much anywhere), pursuing a certification in biblical studies though the University of Dallas, and perusing the photos of her adorable nephew on Facebook


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