'Outward Bound Saved My Life.'
According to NCOBS alum Andrew, the 23-day course he completed in the Blue Ridge Mountains in 1992 literally saved his life.
Shortly after his experience on course, Andrew was involved in a head-on collision with a drunk driver. His seatbelt failed and his head went through the windshield. Medical personnel twice revived him from death, once at the scene of the accident, and again at the hospital.
His injuries kept him in the hospital for over a year: medically induced coma, traumatic brain injury, broken bones, and damage to several organs, including his gall bladder, spleen, liver and lungs. Placed on a feeding tube, his weight dropped to 110 pounds. During the long road to recovery, Andrew had to re-learn to walk. Andrew had the following to say in a letter to NCOBS last February.