UNL Student Dances His Way to Recovery After Bike Accident


Lincoln, Neb.-- After suffering a traumatic brain injury, 24-year-old Isra Somanas is getting back on his feet and dancing.

Somanas was hit by a car while riding his bike at the intersection of 40th and O Streets on July 15.

After being in a coma for several days, doctors decided the next step of recovery for Somanas would be rehabilitation at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital.

Somanas went there in mid-July, not being able to walk or talk. Now nearly six months later, he's flying around a dance floor.

Somanas' therapist says it has been a remarkable recovery because he's made so much progress in such a short amount of time.

Although riding a bike is his passion, Somanas says he is thankful he has the ability to dance.

"One of the things I thank God for continuously is that I can still dance. I can head out to Pla Mor and hit the dance floor and just dance the night away. I just really love dancing. I love moving to music and things like that," Somanas said.

Doctors say Isra Somanas can ride a bike again one year after the accident which will be July 15. Somanas says he does plan to do that.

He is also finishing the semester at UNL and plans to graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering.

Somanas moved from Bangkok, Thailand four years ago to study at UNL. His family did make the trip to the U.S. after hearing about the accident.


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