​​​​​​​Operating on adrenaline: How an ambulance crash, a devastating injury and an unknown future couldn’t shake one paramedic’s optimism

A driver suspected of driving under the influence plowed into Erik Bedwell’s ambulance, sending him, his patient and his future into a tailspin

By Rachel Engel

At the time of the crash, Erik Bedwell was focused on his patient, a suspected overdose.

Moments later, the 27-year-old paramedic became a patient himself.

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