In 2007, a robber shot an unarmed college student in the stomach, leaving him in critical condition.
Kevin Morton, Jr. was 22-years-old at the time. He was studying at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Late one night, he was working at an Arby’s in Detroit. After finishing up, Morton walked towards his car when suddenly a man stepped out of the shadows. The robber fired a bullet straight at Morton, and it pierced his abdomen.
Paramedics were called to the scene, and Morton was rushed to the hospital. Doctors only gave him a 10 percent chance of surviving the night.
That night, Dr. Dharti Sheth-Zelmanski was working in the trauma unit at Detroit’s St. John Hospital. She received the call for a Code 1 trauma and prepared to tell Morton’s family the worst news.
But then something incredible happened. Sheth-Zelmanski recalls, “Whether we call it intuition, experience or a miracle … we put some extra sutures in and the bleeding stopped.”
Morton’s life was saved, and for the next 50 days, Sheth-Zelmanski saved by his side, helping him along every step of his road to recovery. Without her, Morton believes he would never have survived.
Morton was determined to make the most of his second chance at life. Feeling blessed, he went to graduate school and earned a degree.
Now, he’s returning to the same hospital that saved his life and starting residency as a doctor. Dr. Sheth-Zelmanski’s compassion inspired him to become a doctor and save other’s lives.
Morton says, “The compassion and drive that Dr. Sheth has shown in trying to save my life … I just wanna pay that forward.”
Learn more about Morton’s incredible story in the video below.