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Remarkable recovery: Paramedic's fight after near-fatal crash

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A Tillamook County paramedic was nearly killed in a crash last week, but today he's making a remarkable recovery.

Most of the damage to Josh Blackburn's car was to the back of his car, but the impact was so strong it left Blackburn with brain damage.

"With a brain injury and a car wreck, he could never wake up, and I knew that was a possibility," said Amy Blackburn, who is Josh's wife of 13 years.

The crash happened on Jan. 4 when Josh was heading home from working in Manzanita.

That's when he hit a patch of ice and ended up in oncoming traffic, and a pickup slammed into him.

Members of Josh's own rescue team responded and worked to save a member of their family.

"You could see they were very shaken up. It was a very stoic scene," Amy said.

Josh was taken by Life Flight to Legacy Emanuel where he was bleeding from the right side of his brain.

Doctors weren't sure if he would ever recover, but, now less than a week later there was a big change.

"What I remember the most was just two, three days," said Josh.

He is making big improvements.

"For me trying to grasp a hold of the time structure is still pretty difficult. To me it's still December," added Josh.

He's only been awake and talking for the last two days and he's already relearning how to walk.

"Even with me trying to walk, it's a focus to make sure I'm doing everything in the right order," said Josh.

For the last eight years, Josh has been the one helping others as a paramedic.

He's been there for people in their time of need, but now the community of Tillamook is helping him.

Some of the people who work with josh have started raising money on the site youcaring.com to help his family with bills.

"I've seen some of the people that have given to the YouCaring site and I don't know who they are. I don't know these people who are reaching out and supporting us," said Amy.

"We live by community and we can only keep going because of the community. Either people that take care of us or we take care of other people, we all benefit no matter what," said Josh.

Josh will soon go into rehab to continue his recovery process.

He is staying optimistic and hoping it won't be too long before he gets back to working on his farm and back to being a paramedic.

If you want to help out the family you can visit the YouCaring webpage:

http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/blackburn-family-/123020

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