Doctor recovers at his own hospital following devastating crash

COLUMBUS, Ga. — A doctor who moved to Georgia from New York got into a horrific crash and now recovers in the same hospital where he’s set to begin work.

News 3’s Ashley Garrett reports Doctor Malcolm Goodchild has had to undergo surgery since being badly injured in a car crash on August 14.

Goodchild says he and his sister were riding from New York to Columbus. He says he let his sister take over the driving when they were about 30 minutes outside of the city.

At some point his sister lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the guardrail. When asked about his experience, Goodchild says his last thought right before the crash was, “Oh my God.”

He says the vehicle flipped three times. He says the pain was excruciating and it was like something surreal.

“I couldn’t move my legs. I couldn’t move my arms… like something out of a movie scene,” says Goodchild.

In a bizarre coincidence, Goodchild was sent for treatment in the hospital where he now works.

He says he now has a new outlook on life.

“It gives you a new perspective in terms of going forward. Now when I see a patient I understand what you’re going through because I’ve been there,” says Goodchild.

His wife used to work alongside her husband at their last hospital in New York.

She is thankful for the treatment he received and for the news that he is expected to make a full recovery. She says she knows it was God, who kept him alive.

“I always tell people they meet me they greet me they say oh my God I’m so sorry. I say what are you sorry for? I said I’m not burying any one. he’ll recover from this. I still have my husband,” says Charmaine Goodchild.

Goodchild had to undergo surgery to repair broken ribs and a cervical fracture.

Now, not even a month after the crash, he’s walking, driving, and is ready to go back to work.

Goodchild says it’s not clear what caused his sister to lose control of the vehicle.

He says he’s just thankful that he’s recovering and that his sister walked away with minor injuries.

He starts work on September 26.


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