The story of a motorcycle accident left a young man paralyzed from the waist down.
He has since been paralyzed from his waist down, but he is not a stranger to pain.
It all started in February 2013 when 21-year-old Matthew Hickey was riding his bike on the South Bay Boulevard near San Jose when he was hit by a car driven by a man.
His right leg was severed in two places, and his right shoulder was torn off, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The accident left Matthew Hirsch, Jr., paralyzed from that point on.
But for him and his family, that’s not all the story.
“My mom, she had surgery, she has a long road ahead of her,” Hirsch told CNN.
Hirsch is one of the lucky ones.
His mother, Melissa, has a life-threatening illness that has forced her to stay in a nursing home.
But she said she’s doing OK.
She and her husband, Matt, had their first child this year.
And they’re now looking to have a second baby on the way.
When Matthew Hochi was injured in February, he and his father, Mark, had the idea to take a motorcycle ride down the same street, so they could see what the impact was on each other.
“I just wanted to see what it was like to be hurt, hurt, injured,” Hochil said.
“That was just what I was going to do, that was my intention.”
When Matthew’s father and mother realized their son was paralyzed, they asked their son’s pediatrician to help with the rehabilitation.
“He said, ‘I think we should probably give him a motorcycle helmet,'” Melissa Hochid said.
“So we did that, he had a helmet on and he rode it,” Matthew Huchis father, Matthew Hichs, Jr. told CNN in February.
The Hichis had ridden a motorcycle in the past, but Matthew said the helmet saved his life.
“I just rode through it and everything was OK,” he said.
After spending about four weeks in a wheelchair, Matthew returned home and spent the next three months with his family in his grandmothers home.
The family took Matthew to the emergency room several times, but doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with his brain.
That was until they took Matthew back to the hospital after he was taken back to their home in San Jose.
“The first time I saw him, he was not moving at all,” Melissa Huchid said, as she looked up at Matthew.
“He was not responding to any of the words we spoke to him.
He was very stiff, he couldn’t move his arm.
And I was like, ‘He has a stroke.’
I didn’t know what stroke it was.
I said, “Matthew, do you know how to walk?'””
He’s paralyzed,” his mother said.
He is one half of a two-person family.
The other, his father and mom, have no recollection of the accident.
But Melissa said she was very relieved that she and her daughter were able to save their son.”
We were thinking, I’ve had this for three months.
He wasn’t a big guy, but I know how much he loves his family,” Melissa said.
It was scary,” Matthew said.”
My mom was sitting in the car with me, and the first thing I thought of was, how do I protect my son from this?
It was scary,” Matthew said.
The next day, the Hichises went to a motorcycle store to purchase a helmet.
But Matthew said they found it at a motorcycle club in San Francisco.
“It was just a total accident.
That’s when I said that I needed to be the first one in there, and I wanted to be a part of the whole family.
That is what I wanted, that is what we wanted,” Matthew told CNN, adding, “I had no idea that I would get this experience.”
Now, Matthew and his wife, Melissa are trying to find a new way to keep Matthew healthy and safe.
The couple is looking for a group that is comfortable to ride in the mountains and to ride motorcycles together.
“You have to get your legs around and ride through something and make sure you don’t injure yourself,” Melissa told CNN of the process.
The Hichias are trying different methods to keep their son safe.
They also are encouraging other motorcycle riders to ride safely.
“When I go out and I ride, I try to be mindful of my speed and not over-speed, because it will result in me getting hurt,” Matthew added.