On September 8 of last year, Oklahoma City police officer and UFC featherweight Matt Grice was off duty idling at a red light when he was hit from behind by a distracted driver going 65 MPH. The 32-year-old underwent brain surgery that night at Oklahoma University Presbyterian Hospital. The surgery included the removal of part of his skull to relieve pressure.
A few weeks later Grice began displaying limb movement and responding to verbal cues. After being hospitalized for nearly two months, Grice returned home.
UFC president Dana White said following Grice's latest fight - a Fight of the Night winning split decision loss to Dennis Bermudez at UFC 157 in Feb - that the way to not get cut in the UFC is to fight like Grice.
Grice brought that warrior spirit to his recovery, and has been called the miracle patient by his doctors.
Before and after images from the reattachment of his skull show the dramatic improvement.
Now Oklahoma City's ABC affliliate KOCO 5 profiles Grice's improvements to date from the very, very nearly fatal accident.
"I may look normal, seem normal," said Grice. "But I'm not what I was before. I'm not even close."
"I want to get as good as I am going to get, so I can provide support for my wife and kids. Because they're my everything. Without them, there's nothing else."
Doctors say Grice needs a full year to heal before they can assess whether he will be able to return to work as a police officer. Although Grice was shadowboxing recently, he understands a return to the UFC is most likely not in his future.
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