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Carlos Leon Talks About Painful Recovery

POSTED: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 6:59am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:24pm

Five weeks after the motorcycle accident that almost ended his life, Former El Paso Police Chief Carlos Leon is still in constant pain.

Now out of the hospital, Leon is recovering at his Far East El Paso with the help of his family.

He's confined to a wheelchair while several bones, including his leg, heal.

He'll eventually have to learn how to walk again.

"I'm so thankful to be alive. I know that God has something in mind that I haven't completed that I need to complete now," he says.

Leon says there are good days and bad day, but everyday he's getting better.

Once an avid motorcycle rider, he says the accident has changed him.

He will never ride again because he doesn't want to risk going though the pain of another accident.

Leon plans to become an advocate for motorcycle safety and urges all motorcyclists to wear a helmet, as well as all drivers to be more cautious.

"Motorcyclists, always wear a helmet. It made all the difference for me. I could have been at the very least with some mental issues, or dead."

On August 26th, Leon was riding his motorcycle on N.M. Highway 28 near Mesilla when a pickup truck pulled out in front of him.

Leon's injuries were so severe he had to be airlifted from the scene to University Medical Center.

He says he doesn't remember much about the accident, but credits his survival to two passing bicyclists who called 911 and came to his assistance.

Doctors have told Leon it could be 6-8 more months before he's fully recovered.

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