GREELEY - Adrian Vigil survived the unsurvivable.
A car explosion on Feb. 14 sent debris flying hundreds of feet, and could be heard more than three miles away.
"It's amazing to me that I'm still intact," Vigil said. "It's amazing I'm alive."
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Welding chemicals Vigil kept in his trunk for his plumbing job blew up when he went to his car.
"The initial explosion was the acetylene tank," Vigil said. "I remember just putting the key in the trunk, turning it, and the next thing you know I'm on my back. I feel the snow."
Vigil says his friend Jesse ran outside.
"The tank blew up. He kept dragging me away from the car and soon after the car blew up," Vigil said. "I really thought I was going to die."
Doctors didn't know if Vigil would make it.
"The skin on my head was peeled back. I was unrecognizable. My head was distorted and the size of a basketball. I lost an eyeball. Twenty-five percent of my body was hit with shrapnel," Vigil said.
Vigil was self-employed and uninsured.
To help with mounting medical bills, his friends are holding a benefit concert.
LINK TO BENEFIT CONCERT FACEBOOK PAGE:
A ROAD TO RECOVERY FOR ADRIAN VIGIL
Hodi's Half Note
167 N. College Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Three live bands and a silent auction with all proceeds going to Adrian's recovery.
A minimum donation at the door is $10.
To make a donation:
c/o A ROAD TO RECOVERY FOR ADRIAN VIGIL
300 W Oak St.
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Vigil says he would like to thank Jesse Hodyc, North Colorado Medical Center, Greeley's emergency response team, Denver Health, and the Fort Collins Medical Community for his continuing care.
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