DJ Rish never imagined that a routine van ride would change his life forever. On his way home from a Boy Scout trip, DJ was involved in a near fatal accident. He suffered second and third degree burns over 60% of his body, a vertebral and right hip fracture, and an amputated left leg. DJ spent five weeks at the burn center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta working with Dr. Richard Cardie and his team.

DJ would eventually be released four weeks ahead of schedule and his speedy recovery didn’t stop there. He was active before the accident and didn’t plan on slowing down. Working with his physical therapy team, he decided he wanted to train for and compete in an upcoming triathlon. We’re excited to share his story on this episode of HCA Heroes.