In our last interview we visited with the producers and directors of the film “States of Grace,” about the life of a woman honored by The Dalai Lama for her medical work at the height of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco, Ca.
In this edition of Radio Curious we visit with that woman, Dr. Grace Dammann. Dr. Grace had a near death experience resulting from a head-on collision on the Golden Gate Bridge in 2008. She awoke 48 comatose days later after multiple surgeries for, as she says, “trashed bones and internal organs.” With her cognitive abilities in tact, she began rehabilitation and was able to go home a year later. Now, in 2014 she has returned to work as the Medical Director of the Pain Clinic at the Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, California, where she had previously worked as a physician for 18 years.
Notwithstanding her confinement to a wheelchair she proudly describes her legal efforts to urge the Golden Gate Bridge Authority to install a dividing barrier intended to prevent future head-on collisions on the bridge. The installation is scheduled to being in the fall of 2014.
Dr. Grace and I visited by phone from her home at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, in Muir Beach, California on May 23, 2014. We began our conversation when I asked her describe her current station on the continuum of her life’s experience.
The book Dr. Grace Dammann recommends is “The Last of the Just,” by Andre Schwarz-Bart.
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