| Ed Betso: A true Brooklyn Union Profile in Courage.
“I’ll never give up, Never!”
A lesser person than Ed Betso might have been “out for the count” as a result of a terrible automobile accident that happened on May 11, 1991.
On his way home one evening his car went out of control, hit an embankment and was totally demolished. “I can’t tell you what happened, ” Ed says. “Maybe a tire blew, but the wreck was so bad I had to be cut out of it right there on Richmond Avenue and Arthur Kill Road on Staten Island 1 mile form home. 12 Years Active Service
Ed started his career in December of 1978 in the Electrical Shop at Greenpoint, and spent the next six years in Gas Operations before moving into Meter Reading on Staten Island.
“However, says Ed, “two months later I did wake up and was sent to Hillcrest Rehabilitation Center in Pennsylvania, an establishment that specializes in head injuries. I spent fourteen lonely months there during which there were several surgical procedures to try to put things back together. From Hillcrest, I was sent to the Seaview Rehab Center as a patient in their new head trauma unit.
Sold our house in 1996, near Woodrow Road & Arthur Kill Road, too many stairs. “I said ‘like hell will I be an invalid” and set about working my way back. I went from being in a wheelchair for more than two years, to a walker, and from that to a quad cane.
Speech therapy continues, now at SI University Hospital. My walking and talking is still not that great, but it will get better. Best of all, I recently go my driver’s license back and can get around in my own car these days, which is, to me, a miracle from God.”
The strain of all these years of physical hardship caused Ed’s marriage to break up. “We are separated now, Kim and I, but we remain great friends, and my eight-year-old son, Craig lives with her.” Legally divorced in 1998.
But get this! Ed Betso has written a book about his harrowing experiences, and it is being published by Power Publications on Staten Island. He’s also written a screenplay for a movie about his story.
What is his situation today? “I was given a disability retirement in August of 1991, and I’m making do financially. The main thrust of my life now, at 38 years of age, is to continue getting back as much mobility and speech dexterity I can — just to prove those people wrong who said I’d be down and out forever.
In 1999 disc surgery. 2002 disc collapsed, spinal discs were fused to relieve pain & walk better, so far it’s working. Next goal is to walk with a cane.
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“Courage is the finest of human qualities, because, it guarantees all the others. — Winston Churchill—“