Hit by car while cycling
Had pelvis reconstructed by fellow surgeon
Spent over a year as a patient
Planning his next triathlon
Dr. Andrew Haas, severe trauma patient
Dr. Andrew Haas had made a career of treating trauma victims. On Saturday, July 9, 2005, the successful orthopedic surgeon became the patient. He was preparing for the Ironman World Championship, riding his bicycle near his home in Greenwich, Connecticut, when he was hit by an elderly driver − breaking his bike and his body into pieces.
Unconscious and with multiple injuries, he was rushed to a nearby hospital where his colleagues repaired his lacerated arm and facial injuries. But his more serious injuries needed more advanced surgery at a specialized facility. The choice was unanimous -- Westchester Medical Center. On the third day after his accident, Dr. Haas was transferred to Westchester’s Trauma Intensive Care Unit where he underwent multiple surgical procedures, the most complicated of which would reconstruct his shattered pelvis. The trauma team worked together seamlessly -- neurologists, anesthesiologists, radiologists, orthopedic surgeons and dozens more dedicated caregivers -- all with one goal: to give Dr. Haas the very best chance to, not only live, but to walk again and be able to have the same healthy and active life he had before his accident.
Today, four years after his accident, Dr. Haas is back practicing orthopedics as well as training again for an Ironman World Championship competition. In fact, in the spring of 2009, he competed in and successfully completed the Westchester Medical Center Biathlon − running two miles, biking 15 and running two more − a great task for a mere mortal man an even greater accomplishment for this future Ironman.