In this inspiring story, a man ended up working as a surgeon at the hospital that saved his life many years ago, when he only had a 10 percent chance of survival.
In July 2007, 22 year-old Kevin Morton was a college student who moonlit as a manager at a Detroit Arby’s. His shifts often extended past midnight, and he found himself in danger on one such night.
According to CNN, “My car was in reverse when I saw the shadow (of a man) coming up,” Morton explained, as the figure ended up shooting and robbing him. Morton then attempted to drive himself to the local police station, but eventually succumbed to his wounds and fell unconscious.
Fortunately, a passerby recognized the situation and alerted authorities. “All I could think about was my younger sisters,” he added, “It’s funny, but that’s the only thought I had. I kept thinking, ‘I have to stay alive for them.'”
He was taken to St. John Hospital, where it was fortunately discovered that he had no injuries to the vital organs. During the ordeal, Morton woke up at least twice, once in the ambulance, and another time in the emergency room.
According to Dr. Dharti Sheth, who attended Morton, “He was alert, amazingly. I had to convince him that he was going to be OK.” Despite this, Morton had only a 10 percent chance of surviving the next 24 hours, but ended up surviving the night. “I think (Sheth) threw a couple of extra staples in there,” Morton added, “She went the extra mile to save my life, even when the vascular surgeon said (my case) was futile.”
Morton had to be confined to the intensive care unit, where he lost nearly a third of his weight. For about a year, he had to be fed through an IV. “If I were to drink a Pepsi, the Pepsi would gush out of my side,” Morton explained. During that time, his mantra was, “This will pass. This will pass.”
The incident inspired Morton to take charge of his life goals. “This event happened to me, and it (relit) the fire and love for medicine,” said Morton, who, while already interested in the medical field, originally aimed to work at a pharmacy.
“Kevin says I inspired him to be a doctor,” Sheth explained, “He had mentioned during recovery that he wanted to go into medicine, then he called to say he was going to medical school at Michigan State. I was so happy for him…He has all the qualities of a good doctor. He has the intellect, the personality, good eye contact, and is very pleasant and easy to talk to. He’s very positive.”
Morton eventually graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2016, and Sheth even attended the ceremony. She also attended Morton’s wedding seven years ago to his wife, Sherry.
Upon graduating, Morton eventually began his medical residency in surgery at St. John Hospital, the very place his life was saved. “It was weird walking down those corridors again,” he said, adding, “They gave me an uneasy feeling.”