Matt Long was a marathon runner and a New York City firefighter. During the transit strike in December of 2005, the only way Matt could get to work was by bicycle. Tragically, he was hit and pulled under a charter bus as it made an illegal turn. He was pinned between the frame of the bus and the streets of New York. His pelvis, legs, and torso were crushed; his right shoulder was dislocated; his gastrointestinal system was destroyed; and his major arteries were severed. Matt was basically bleeding to death. “This man should have died,” recalls Dr. Dean Lorich, Chief, Orthopaedics at NewYork-Presbyterian. Matt underwent 42 surgeries and spent five months in the hospital. In 2008, he ran the New York City Marathon. And Dr. Lorich and his family were there to meet him at the finish line.