(The Globe And Mail) – Five years ago, Yi Yi Du was in the second year of his mechanical engineering degree at the University of British Columbia, nurturing a fascination with rocket engine design and planning to study with the school’s thermofluids group.
His spare time was largely spent climbing mountains; during the pandemic, he aimed to scale one a week.
But over the past two years, Mr. Du has had a different kind of mountain to climb. A devastating car accident in September, 2021, left him in a coma for two months, hovering on the edge of death.
Upon waking, he faced months of recovery and rehabilitation. His physical abilities were diminished, and his memory was significantly impaired. CONTINUE