A second chance: One South Walton man's journey to recovery

chance mcminn
Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 01:57 PM.

July 23 marked two years since Chance McMinn's life was changed forever.

The Santa Rosa Beach resident had fallen from his 30A condo, the top floor of a four story building, during a night of drinking. He broke his lungs, pelvic bone, the L1 and L2 vertebrae, femur and broke through the third level of his brain. Doctors told his wife, Stephanie, that he had 72 hours to live.

"I was at a birthday party with the kids," Stephanie recalled. "It was the worst call of my life."

Born with Rh disease, the 41-year-old had already beat the odds well before his 2011 accident.

"He had to have five blood transfusions, doctors told his mom he didn't have a chance, but she said 'Oh yes he does,' and that's where his name came from," Stephanie explained.

Over the course of the past two years, with prayer and perseverance, Chance has again beat the odds, making incredible progress in his physical recovery.

"When I met Chance, he could not walk, he could not speak," said his nurse Maria Schabla. "Now, he walks by himself, speaks a lot more clearly and even started working. I'm normally working with people that aren't getting any better. His progress is mind-blowing."

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