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Officers who were treated at Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital thanked the doctors who saved their lives. Antonio Torres' skull was cracked after a motorcycle accident. He told NBC 6 the crash was the last thing he remembered.
When a driver on State Road 836 clipped Miami Police Officer Antonio Torres' motorcycle, the crash cracked his skull.
"It's a day that you don't forget," said Torres. The crash is "the last thing I remember consciously."
Torres woke up at Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he spent four days. Doctors worked to heal a right temple cranial fracture, a crushed knee and damage to his heart.
It took him three years before he could return to full duty.
When Jody Wright took a bullet from an AK-47 to her leg, doctors worried she might lose it.
"The gunshot wound severed my nerve," she told NBC 6.
Wright is not only walking again, but her doctor signed a paper allowing her to return to full duty too.
At a ceremony Tuesday, she hugged the center's orthopedic specialist.
"People have dedicated their entire lives to trauma," Dr. Nick Namias said of the doctors at the Ryder center.
Thanks to their help, Torres is watching his 2-year-old grandson grow, and his daughter, Stefanie Zapata, has another baby on the way.
"I can't live without my dad," Zapata said.