Updated: 03/19/2013 6:22 AM KSTP.com By: Jessica Miles
For the first time, a former program director at KSTP-AM radio is speaking out about his motorcycle accident and subsequent brain injury.
Three years ago Konrad hit a mattress on interstate 94 that had fallen off a vehicle in front of him.
Had he not been wearing a helmet, doctors say he would have died.
He suffered a traumatic brain injury, was in a coma for months, and when he woke up had to learn to walk, talk, and eat again.
The Konrad's say brain injuries are misunderstood.
"It's not a physical injury that you can see, its mental, people say that's nothing, but it is, its really debilitating, " says Konrad. His wife Melodee says it's been tough, "He's not the same man that I married, I have to get used to that, he's a different man now with a brain injury."
Despite his injuries, Konrad says he has a positive attitude and is recovering better than doctors ever expected.
He says the driver who lost the mattress had it tied down with oxygen tubing, and was cited for unsecured load.
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