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Daniel Donagher thanked his doctor Daniel Chan for helping him recover from a broken pelvis with a sign pulled by a plane. NBC 6's David Jeannot reports.
Despite a terrible Valentine's Day experience in the Cayman Islands, Daniel Donagher is in great spirits.
"Yeah, it's good to be alive, you know," he said.
On Feb. 14, he was airlifted from the Grand Cayman Islands to Fort Lauderdale after he broke his pelvis from sliding off a horse.
"My doctor searched for the best guy, came up with Dr. Daniel Chan, put me back together. A couple days later, I'm home," he said.
Donagher was so grateful for his care that he paid for a plane sign that reads: "Dr. Daniel Chan is the man! Thanks Memorial staff. Don!"
"Well, it's always a nice gesture from a patient but obviously totally unnecessary — but Don's a very interesting guy," said Memorial Regional Hospital's Dr. Chan.
Chan said Donagher came in stable condition but needed surgery to restore the alignment and stability of his pelvis so he could walk again.
"When I came out of surgery and I woke up, I was like, 'Dr. Chan is the man.' I mean, I was screaming. I mean, it's good to be alive. Until you're in this position, you just don't know," he said.
Chan said that after about six to eight weeks of rest and therapy, Donagher will be walking like normal again — but as for his Valentine's Day, Donagher said: "It was my one day of the year, you know, my big day of the year, and now wife said no rain check, either."