By Kathy Walsh

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4)– A father of two from Highlands Ranch is particularly grateful this Thanksgiving for the team at Swedish Medical Center. Randy Kluber suffered a serious leg injury in a motorcycle accident on Thanksgiving last year.

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Randy Kluber (credit: CBS)

Kluber said recovery has had its ups and downs. He has endured many surgeries and complications, including infections, but he said the staff at Swedish never gave up on him.

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“You know, every day, it’s just a little bit better,” Kluber told CBS4 Health Specialist Kathy Walsh.

Kluber is grateful to be limping along. His last 12 months have been far from a walk in the park.
“It’s been a roller coaster for me,” said Kluber.

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(credit: Randy Kluber)

On Thanksgiving evening, 2017, Kluber rode away from a family dinner in Evergreen on his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He was three blocks from his Highlands Ranch home.

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“And the next thing I know is I’m hearing a crunch and I’m in the air,” he said.

Kluber was hit by a car and thrown from his bike. The bones in his right leg snapped and had to be reconstructed- twice. And he had a large, open wound.

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“Initially, I thought I was going to end up losing this leg,” Kluber said.

“Oh, what a difference a year makes,” Kluber remarked as Dr. Benson Pulikkottil, a plastic micro-vascular surgeon, took a look at Kluber’s leg.

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A flap of skin and tissue had been transplanted from Kluber’s thigh to cover the open wound.

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“The blood vessels going into this tissue were sewn to his native blood vessels,” explained Pulikkottil.

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The husband/wife team of plastic micro-vascular surgeons, Pulikkottil and Dr. Lily Daniali, attached the flap at Swedish.

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“They do amazing things here, absolutely amazing,” said Kluber.

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In all, he has had 12 surgeries over 12 months. Every day he gives thanks for the doctors and staff who got him back on his feet.

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Kathy Walsh is CBS4’s Weekend Anchor and Health Specialist. She has been with CBS4 since 1984. She is always open to story ideas. Follow Kathy on Twitter @WalshCBS4.

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