What It Feels Like to be Hit by a Train

Liza Dye is a 25-year-old homeless standup comic in New York. In February 13th, she fainted in a train station and fell, and a train ran over her leg. Firefighters had to lift the train to get the wheel off her.  

What I was seeing definitely wasn’t connecting with my brain that well, like I was looking at my leg and there wasn’t much of it there, it was pretty much just bone.

And I just heard this lady’s voice ask me, “Are you alive?” and I was like, “Yeah.” And then she was like, “That girl under the train is alive.” She started telling people, “Ya’ll, someone get some help, that girl, she’s still alive. Call an ambulance!”

After I heard her getting help I was like, “Oh, okay, so I need to make noise and let people know that I’m alive.” And I was just like, “Help! I’m alive! Someone please help me!” That’s when I saw people on the other side of the platform looking and starting to Instagram and stuff.

So far, Dye has undergone eight surgeries, but the alternative was amputating her leg. Since she is uninsured, every procedure gives her added worry about the cost. The comedy community has raised $64K so far for Dye’s medical expenses. She tells her story at Bedford & Bowery. -via Digg

(Image credit: Jenna Marotta)

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