WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- It's been said that mighty oaks can grow from even the tiniest acorns. Justin Martin can attest to that, though in his case, it was a tiny cocklebur that changed his life by growing in a very unusual place.
It's been nearly four years since an accident that came close to taking Martin's life. That May 2007 evening he was driving down a rural Texas road when a cow appeared and he lost control of his vehicle. The car rolled so furiously Martin was ejected.
"My pelvis was broken, the ligaments were torn out of one knee and this arm was torn up," he said, pushing up his left sleeve to reveal a wide scar more than 1 foot long. "The surgeons said if the cuts had been just a half inch to the left, I would have lost the use of the arm."