@@ Man Doesn't Shop Up For First Date, Months Later He Proves He Had A Good Reason

 “It’s funny how things can change so quickly,” recalled Craig Towler in his story on his personal website. He was just a regular young man, having one of his best days in his life on a 4th of July, 2016. But that amazing day would soon turn into a nightmare as in an instant, he was hit by an impaired driver.

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Craig nearly lost his life that day, but the tragic accident led to a story we had never heard before. “My name is Craig Towler, and I am a bilateral amputee,” wrote Craig in the opening paragraph. Let’s see what happened that day and what he is up to now.

Who is Craig Towler?

At 28 years old, Craig was settled down in Boulder, Colorado. A sports fanatic, he loved playing all sorts of sports and compete in 10k races.

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“This is my town,” Towler later said in an interview. “I was a runner, I liked to hike and do everything outdoors.” But his life was about to change…

Everything Was Great

That morning, Craig was crossing a new milestone in his career, but by the end of that day, his life completely changed. He headed home after the race, and he was unloading his vehicle in front of the house.

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Craig was planning to celebrate the Fourth of July with his friends and watch fireworks. But it didn’t go according to his plans. It all happened so fast!

An Event Coordinator

“I remember the day like it was yesterday because I was having such a great day up until the accident,” recalled Craig in his story, explaining that he worked as an event coordinator/timing specialist for BBSC Endurance Sports.

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It was his first time when he worked as the timer at the race they had at the Boulder Reservoir that morning. “Timing races is a very complicated and in depth process and I was excited because I killed it!”

A Happy Day

The young man was eager to celebrate with his friends. Happy that he worked as a timer for the first time that day, Craig couldn’t wait to meet his loved ones and talk to them about those moments.

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“Just as I was about to finish unloading, I felt an impact that pushed me into the back of my vehicle,” wrote Craig. He didn’t even had enough time to react, but what he saw would terrify even the bravest men…

Ready for a Date

Craig was also planning to bring his girlfriend to the party that night. It was their third date, but he was ready to introduce her to his friends.

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As he unloaded the racing gear from his truck, Craig had no idea he would be part of a car crash. “I was standing behind the tailgate of my SUV and felt an impact that pushed me into the back of my vehicle,” he wrote.

The Day He’ll Never Forget

Craig was never going to make it to that party that Fourth of July. However, it would indeed be a moment he will never forget.

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“Before I knew what had happened I looked down and saw both of my legs detached,” recalled Craig in his story. It was a terrible sight, but somehow he managed to think clear and thanks to his cool and the people that stopped to help, he is still alive today!

He Was In Shock

“I immediately knew my life was in danger, and action had to be taken immediately for me to survive,” revealed Craig. Although he was in tremendous shock, he still remembers everything in detail.

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He was now fighting for his life, and although he didn’t realize his life was in serious danger, he knew it was bad. “Shortly after the impact, people who were nearby at the time came to my assistance and called for an ambulance.”

Helping The Injured

People that saw the accident rushed to help the injured man. They were surprised to see how conscious he was. Craig gave them instructions and they followed them.

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“I instructed them to help me lay flat on the ground. To this day, I’m still not sure how I had the mindset that I did, but my thoughts were very clear, and I knew exactly what needed to happen if I did not want to die.”

Losing Blood

He was on the ground and losing a lot of blood. Looking at the people around him, he told them to remove their belts and use them as tourniquets above the injury.

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They secured the belts tightly, saving his life! Police and the ambulance arrived fast at the scene and Craig was rushed to the hospital.

What Doctors Told Him

“I later learned from the doctors that the tourniquets had stayed on my legs until I entered surgery hours later, and are the reason that I am alive today,” wrote Craig.

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He had to be airlifted in a helicopter to get to a more advanced trauma unit. Although terrified, Craig was conscious the whole time until he was sedated to get into the surgery. Then it all went black.

Saving His Life

Doctors were able to save Craig’s life, after hours of surgeries on his legs. It took one week and five surgeries to complete the procedures.

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At the end of that week, Craig was alive, but had lost his legs. The brave patient woke up from the first surgery and realized what happened to his legs.

Terrible News

While conscious, Craig had to approve with the amputation of his legs before it began. “It was either life or limb. I remember telling the doctor ‘You know what, just do what you have to do,'” Craig told SWNS.com.

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He was prepped for the procedure. The doctors had to amputate his left leg from below the knee and his right at the knee…

One Week of Intensive Care

“Skin graphs were also taken from both of my upper legs to close the wounds. I was in intensive care for over a week,” recalled Craig.

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But he also did something that nobody saw coming. Before getting into his first procedure, he asked a friend who was by his bedside to text someone called Amanda.

Texting Amanda

Craig felt like it was important to text this woman, thought his friend. But why would he be concerned about texting this mystery woman?

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Amanda Schiewe was his date for that night, and he was worried that she’d think she was stood up. Although they knew each other for three weeks, Craig knew this was a special woman.

The Fitness Trainer

Craig met Amanda at the gym, where she worked as a fitness trainer. He spotted her way back, but only got to talk to her a few months before he had the accident.

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“It took a while for me to get the guts to talk to her,” recalls Craig in the interview with SWNS.com. He even scheduled his workouts so that he would see her at work. One day, he finally walked up to her and was able to say more than hi or bye.

Finding The Right One

“It was a slow process for me,” said Craig. And just as his love story was starting, he was know in the hospital going through a trauma not many of us go through.

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His life may end right there on that bed, thought Craig as he was stuck in that bed before the first surgery. So he asked his friends to write Amanda a text.

Not Getting a Call

Amanda was preparing for the date. She was waiting for Craig to call her but hours passed and there was no sign from him. “I was getting nervous,” Schiewe wrote in an Instagram post later, recalling those days…

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“Craig is NOT the kind of gentleman to just ditch a gal … and we were so excited to spend the evening together. Something was up. I never expected to hear the kind of news I received.”

A Terrifying Call

Amanda did get a call, and although it was from Craig’s phone, it wasn’t a voice. “Cedric [Towler’s best friend] told me Craig was hit by a car and was going to survive, but will have his legs amputated soon,” she recalled.

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“He also told me Craig said he was really sorry to have to cancel our date!” Amanda was shocked that Craig insisted on announcing her. What was her reaction?

She Knew What to Do

“The fact that he was even thinking of me made me fall for him even harder,” Amanda wrote in her Instagram post. She knew what to do next!

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Amanda rushed to the hospital to be by Craig’s side. Even though they had known each other for less than a month, she knew she had to stick around.

Didn’t Know What to Expect

Seeing Amanda at the hospital, Craig was baffled. “I honestly didn’t know what to expect, but she was there immediately, no questions asked and I knew she would be the one for me,” recalled Craig.

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Weeks passed and Amanda stood by his side, being there while he had nine surgeries on his legs. This was only the beginning.

Celebrating His Birthday

Amanda was there when Craig celebrated his 29th birthday, she was there when his 87 staples were removed from his legs…

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After the car crash, Craig learned that the man who almost killed him drove his car while impaired. At first, Craig had a tough time accepting his fate.

His Life Was Not the Same

It was difficult for Craig to accept that he was now an amputee and thought back on all the things he had been able to do. Now, everything was so far away

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