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69 days after near-death scooter accident, Chula Vista mom goes home

Posted at 6:32 PM, Oct 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-14 21:32:20-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - In August, Dean Riggott watched as his wife Karen fell off a Bird Scooter, her head crashing into the pavement.

"It's been the most traumatic experience in my entire life," said Dean.

Doctors initially told Dean that his wife likely wouldn't survive; she fractured her skull in 10 different places and was in a coma.

"They were asking me to quite honestly start to get stuff in order, they didn't feel she would make it out of the first few days," remembers Dean.

But each day, Karen continued to beat the odds. By day 32 she was out of the coma and began to show movement in her hands and feet.

Weeks later, she was in rehab beginning to walk.

"I didn't really know exactly what happened and I was in pain, I still am in pain, but I'm capable of moving, and my memory is good!" said Karen.

After 69 days in the hospital and rehab, Karen was finally able to go home on Friday.

"I'm the happiest man on this planet. I tell her every day thank you for being my wife, every day. I'm the most fortunate man in the world, I get to keep loving her," said Dean.

Karen says each of her milestones gives her more hope and strength.

She'll continue her recovery in rehab.