49er Features: Liz Ramos' Road to Recovery
July 12, 2013
On February 4, Long Beach State student and former 49er track & field athlete Liz Ramos went for a run through campus, just like she had many times before, but what happened on that Monday afternoon was unfathomable.
Ramos was jogging on Bellflower Boulevard and was crossing the street in a marked crosswalk when she was hit by a car. Ramos was struck on her left side, the impact breaking the windshield of the car. She suffered heavy bruising, a broken arm and a broken leg, along with other injuries. She was placed in a medically induced coma for nearly five weeks to help her heal.
Several days went by before Ramos was even identified. Like many others do when going for a run, Ramos was not carrying any form of identification with her. A friend noticed she was missing functions that she normally wouldn't miss and started calling hospitals. She was able to find Liz and called her parents.
Liz was a senior majoring in nutrition at the time of the accident. Her friends in the dietician club came up with the idea to raise money for her medical and rehabilitation expenses through selling runner ID tags.
Liz attends physical therapy five times a week and hopes to be walking normally within a year. She will return to school in the fall, finishing her degree in nutrition, and then plans to apply for medical school.