A Long Island man involved in a horrific crash on Governor Mario Cuomo’s bridge has reunited with the medical team that saved his life and treated him.
Michael McCutchan was driving to work on October 20, 2021 when he spotted an accident.
He pulled over and rescued a driver who was stuck in a badly damaged car. He was putting cones on the road when he himself was hit by a commercial van.
“When I looked up I saw the white light, I tried to jump out of the way and that was it,” he said.
Helping stranded drivers or those involved in vehicle accidents is routine for the retired NYPD detective turned New York Attorney General’s investigator, his son Chris McCutchan said.
“He always stops for every accident since I was little,” he said.
The accident left McCutchan under a vehicle, requiring immediate medical attention.
“His injuries were really life threatening and were so severe. He had traumatic brain injury, bleeding in the brain, fractured facial bones, fractured skull. More than eight broken ribs,” said Dr Kartik Prabhakaran, Section Chief of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at Westchester Medical Center.
McCutchan was taken to Westchester Medical Center where he had to recover almost all of his blood volume by transfusion and had his leg amputated.
He spent six weeks in a medically induced coma while doctors reconstructed him.
When Michael finally woke up, it was clear to the medical staff that they had a fighter on their hands.
“He’s a strong guy. He’s a strong, very strong guy,” said Stephanie Kennedy, director of nursing at Westchester Medical Center’s trauma intensive care unit.
Over the past year, McCutchan has had several surgeries and had to relearn how to walk with a new prosthetic leg.
“You sit down and say I would do it again? I wonder if I would do it again, and the people I talk to say why even ask – you know you would do it again,” he said.
His story proves that superheroes really live among us.
“It’s a walking miracle,” said his son Christ McCutchan.