NORMAN — On Saturday morning, June 30, 2012, Debbie Wog’s world as she knew it came to a sudden halt.
She was riding along the wide shoulder of Highway 7, training for the cycling portion of the full Redman Triathlon, when a large SUV, traveling at an estimated 70 mph, struck her from behind.
She heard the noise of the crash an instant before she registered that she was the one who had been struck. The moment she hit the pavement, nearly unbearable pain set in.
The driver of the automobile pulled over to the side of the road about a quarter mile past the scene of the accident but did not return to check on her. It was members of a local Seventh-day Adventist Church coming out of church services who came to her aid.
Members of the congregation called 911 as she lay on the ground conscious but unmoving. She was quickly taken by ambulance to the Arbuckle Memorial Hospital and then immediately transported via medi-flight to OU Medical Center.
She sustained numerous injuries, including three broken vertebrae, five broken ribs, a broken ankle, a collapsed left lung, a partially de-gloved hand, and significant abrasions, bruises and road rash. Her helmet prevented serious head injuries.
Wog spent six days in the OU trauma unit as doctors worked to stabilize her condition and re-inflate her lung. After six days in the trauma unit, she was transferred to the Integris Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Center. After two days at the rehabilitation center she was released to go home.
“I was in good shape before the accident which was a huge help and I was extremely motivated. After the first physical therapy session, I could do pretty much everything they needed me to do to be released,” Wog said.
Once home, Wog began to take slow and painful walks through her neighborhood. Her broken ankle was encased in a medical boot, her torso encircled in a full back brace.