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Reno's Craig Moss inspires hope through tragedy after losing both legs

Craig Moss
Reno native Craig Moss inspires hope through tragedy. (NSN)

Almost one year ago today, Craig Moss' world took a 180. The Reno resident went on an impromptu bachelor party the night before his friend's wedding. Moss offered to be the designated driver, but danger was right around the corner. When leaving the club that Labor Day weekend, the unexpected happened.

"I got out between two pickup trucks and another truck came along and hit the back pickup truck, which then pushed me into the other one and basically did a guillotine cut," Moss said. "Two surgeries in two days and took off both legs."

Moss was discovered by a doctor leaving his office, but it wasn't enough to save his legs. Moss' memory of the incident remains hazy.

"I have no idea what happened," Moss said. "They say I was pinned between 3 and 4.5. They couldn't really estimate."

Due to the timing and place of the incident, paramedics were unsure of Moss' toxicity levels, causing them to wait for more help to arrive before moving him.

"They worked on both legs," Moss said. "They tried to save my right leg first, thinking my left leg was a given and it'd be OK. But on Saturday of Labor Day weekend, they decided it wasn't going to happen, so they took that one off and then Sunday they decided the same thing. The left leg wasn't going to be salvageable."

You can't always control what happens to you, Moss said, but you can control how you respond to it. And Moss has moved on with his left without regret.

"I didn't think about any negative consequences or what I'd do differently," Moss said. "I was just like, 'OK, so that happened.'"

It didn't take long for the Northern Nevada resident to pick his life back up as the operations manager of Evans Broadcast, a Carson City-based radio broadcasting business.

"I don't know if I told anybody this but I actually was working from my hotel bed," Moss admitted.

And he didn't stop there. Six months after the accident, Moss felt his new reality should be no different than his past. With the help of the City of Reno adaptive sports programs, Moss has thrown himself into wheelchair basketball, swimming and sled hockey at the new Reno Ice facility, where he works part-time as a skate monitor.

"A friend pointed this out to me on Facebook and I came in and loved it at first sight," Moss said of his job at Reno Ice. "I hit the ice it was great."

With a positive spirit and a strong support system, Moss is inspiring hope and proving despite your circumstances there's always a way forward.

"If you're in a wheelchair or if you're not, you're ambulatory with prosthetics, or walkers, you can do it," Moss said. "We have sleds here from the City of Reno adaptive hockey program that you don't have to own your own equipment. You can come out and do it. Reno Ice has great ice time. Their staff here, I just can't say enough for. Everybody is fabulous. Don't just sit around and do nothing. If you're depressed or even alone and you don't have anybody in the area, you're out on your own, this is the best kind of socialization."

You can watch the full feature on Craig Moss below.

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