At the time, there was nothing about that day that seemed extraordinary. Benjamin Aggen remembers heading out for dinner on a Thursday afternoon in February of 2017. The next memory he has is of waking up in rehab – two weeks later. Benjamin had survived a head-on collision, but the impact broke five of his bones, punctured his lung, ruptured his spleen and caused a traumatic brain injury. This could have been the end of Benjamin’s story, but in the words of Dr. Gregory “Scott” Dean, Benjamin was given “another chance” at life.
Benjamin Aggen and Family.
Dean Aggen, Benjamin’s father, says the incredible events that make up Benjamin’s story can’t be coincidences. The collision happened in front of nurse Christi Sorrells’s house – she cleared Benjamin’s airway and stayed with him as smoke poured from the wrecked engine. Kimberly Aggen, Benjamin’s mother, once worked with Dr. Dean at Piedmont Orthopedics – she immediately called him when she heard her son had been in a serious accident. Dr. Dean leapt into action to care for Benjamin, and texted the family precious updates on his condition throughout the night. Time and time again, compassionate caregivers were ready to act on Cone Health’s promise of being “right here with you,” and were ready to go above and beyond for Benjamin.
“How do you thank somebody for doing that?” Kimberly asks when speaking of Christi.