Waco: Paramedic struck by car who almost died walks again

Rory Barros. (Courtesy photo)
Rory Barros. (Courtesy photo)(KXII)
Published: Jan. 16, 2018 at 12:54 PM CST
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A Waco paramedic who almost died after he was struck by a car at an accident scene five months ago is walking again with the help of a walker.

East Texas Medical Center paramedic Rory Barros, 31, suffered the catastrophic injuries and burns on Aug. 19, 2017 when a car whose driver is accused of being drunk struck him and pinned him against his ambulance at the scene of an earlier accident on Loop 340 in Waco.

He spent more than four months in the hospital, and endured 15 surgeries and the amputation of his left leg.

Barros has been home in Belton since Christmas and confined to a wheelchair until his therapist stood him up with the support of a walker Monday, and what happened next surprised everyone.

Barros proceeded to stroll throughout the house on his own with the walker, moving freely on his own.

Barros’ goal is to get back to work sometime later this year, after being fitted with a prosthesis.