From healed to healer: Medical student, once in a coma, triumphs over injuries

NEW YORK — David Jevotovsky, a graduate of NYU’s Grossman School of Medicine, overcame major obstacles in May to accept his degree.

Jevotovsky walked the stage, a feat that seemed impossible just a few years ago.

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He was injured in his second year at school in 2017 when he was hit by a car while riding a bike, causing traumatic brain injury.

“I have a lead in my arm, tubes coming out of my throat,” he said of the transition from medical student to patient. “It was familiar yet confusing.”

After a month in a coma, he had to relearn how to walk and talk.

“The next thing I remember, I woke up in the hospital a month later,” he said. “So it’s been a whole month.”

NYU hospital neurosurgeons had to put him in a medically induced coma, and it worked when he pulled through.

He said he was ready to get back into his studies.
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“I was ready to catch up on missed tests and meet up with my friends,” he said. “The Dean quickly dispelled that rejection and brought me back to reality. ‘Let’s take one step at a time.’”

It would take many steps and hours of intense therapy with his family by his side.

“Those things really helped me relearn how to walk, how to speak and how to think,” he said.

A year after the accident, he went back to school. And now he’s a doctor, as he and 106 other graduates received their MDs and recited the Hippocratic Oath as they set out to begin their medical careers.

He’s now going to do his residency in rehabilitation medicine, and all of that, he says, has made him a better person.

“I think I’m more mature, more thoughtful, more confident, more compassionate, more empathetic,” he said. “At least I hope so, for my patients. At least.”

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Dais Johnston

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