Woman hit by drunk driver recalls painful recovery

Woman hit by drunk driver recalls painful recovery (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) - Camille Moffat was heading home after a date in downtown Salt Lake City, December 17th, 2016, when her life was changed forever.

Moffat, heading northbound on Highway 89 was struck head-on by James Gale.

Gale was drunk and driving 100 miles an hour when he smashed into Moffat’s car.

“As a result of the accident my brain went over 17 Gs, which is faster than an astronaut going back into orbit,” says Moffat.

Moffat was flown by medical helicopter to the hospital with serious injuries, including a broken nose, split lip, four lost teeth, perforated small intestine, two broken ankles, and a serious brain injury, “if you have one brain bleed in your brain it’s pretty serious, if you have three it’s red alert, I had over 15 bleeds in my brain,” says Moffat.

In addition, medical records indicate Moffat had to be resuscitated 3 times after the accident, “I passed away three times,” says Moffat.

Moffat spent three weeks in the intensive care unit, and weeks after that in grueling physical therapy sessions, “typically 4 hours a day but up to 7 hours of therapy a day.” Says Moffat.

During her time in the hospital she experienced a high level of pain, and unexplainable mental glitches, including forgetting the names of family members, “I couldn’t remember necessary all my siblings' names I called my little brother Dominic. And I don’t know a Dominic,” says Moffat, whose brother’s name is Samuel.

Moffat, who was a novice speaker of French found herself, speaking the language fluently for days on end, “when you're head gets banged around things just come back,” says Moffat.

Moffat is out of the hospital and has assumed her old life. She still deals with the effects of the accident, but she says she forgives Gale, who is currently serving up to 5 years in prison.

She says the ordeal has taught her about life, expectation, and perspective, “yes that was hard I wish I didn't have these scars, but I’m grateful for the things it's taught me,” says Moffat.

Moffat says most importantly, she doesn’t understand why Gale and others drink and drive especially in an age when you can summon a ride with the click of a button on your cell phone.

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