After pulling over to the shoulder and exiting his vehicle to check out a problem, another car hit Siale at a speed of 75 MPH. Miraculously, his limbs were salvaged, and his road to recovery would include 23 surgeries. Siale rediscovered his love for the field events and trains several days a week with the help of his AFOs and his trainers to prepare for competition.
On the morning November 5, 2011, Siale Langi stalled out on the interstate just south of Salt Lake City, Utah. After pulling over to the shoulder and exiting his vehicle to check out the problem, a 16 year-old driver lost control of his car and hit Siale at a speed of 75 MPH. Remaining conscious, Siale called his father to tell him of the accident that would keep him in the hospital for the next year.
Recovery was a grueling process. The accident resulted in traumatic brain injury, fractures at the C1-C3 level, and catastrophic injuries in his pelvis and lower limbs leaving him with decreased functionality and without feeling below both knees. He spent a month in the ICU and trauma unit, where his family was told on multiple occasions he would be an amputee. Miraculously, his limbs were salvaged, and he and his young wife would spend the next 11 months in rehabilitation hospitals on a road to recovery that would include 23 surgeries.
The recovery process however, brought forward unforeseen interests and opportunities for Siale to give back. Following graduation with a BS in Sociology and a minor in Gerontology, he became the youngest franchise owner of CarePatrol – a service that helps seniors find appropriate housing and services for their needs. Siale also works at a crisis counseling center helping those experiencing a mental health crisis as he had his own battles with PTSD post-injury.
Siale has also rediscovered his love for the field events. He competitively participated in college and, through the support of the Adaptive Training Foundation, has found an outlet to compete once again. He trains several days a week with the help of his AFOs and his trainers to prepare for competition. In the 2016 season, Siale broke the National Records for both Shot Put and Discus in his classification adding to his ultimate goal of becoming a member of the US Paralympic Team. Siale continues to test his limits competing in many US Paralympic events including the National Championships and Trials, as well as various Crossfit competitions. Most recently, he won all three events at XXX in San Antonio May 2018.