This doctor survived a spinal injury that almost paralyzed him. Now debt collectors are hounding him after an insurance dispute

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Matthew Wetschler is a Stanford-trained emergency room doctor. He’s also a friend.

In November 2017 while surfing in San Francisco near his home in Ocean Beach, he hit his head hard on a shallow sand bar and broke his neck. He was later told that his heart had stopped for about 10 minutes. But in a stroke of luck, a fellow surfer who is also a nurse found him and rushed him to the emergency room.


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