He didn’t come home. Emily Alberi knew something wasn’t right when her husband, Jesse, wasn’t home after a late evening tracking elk. She called his friend Scott ho immediately went out to search from him. He found Jesse lying in the cold.
His truck had rolled four times; he had been ejected and was out in freezing temperatures in rural Montana for seven and a half hours until help arrived.
“I really thought I was going to freeze out there,” Jesse said.
“As soon as I knew he was alive, I knew everything was going to be okay,” said Emily.
Jesse sustained a spinal cord injury. His family came to Craig Hospital for rehabilitation.
“After the accident, I wasn’t sure how life was going to be different. I knew it was going to be different I just wasn’t sure what it was going to be like,” said Emily.
Jesse and Emily and their young daughter, Briley, faced a new life with more obstacles. Jesse took the opportunity to focus more on his family. “I think that right when you get hurt is the hardest time. As long as I don’t let anything hold me back and put all my emphasis on my family, on my friends, on other things then you won’t ever have those moments.”
Emily said she could see a change in how Jesse approached life after his spinal cord injury.
“Now he’s a family man. There’s no question about it. Pretty much everything he does and thinks about and wants to do for us revolves around his family.”
Jesse and Emily have both learned a lot too about modifying their homes and lives. Jesse engineered a way to get into his large truck. He created a device to carry their newest baby, Bristol around on his lap. And he adapted the crib, so he could help with the baby.
“I think that possible is just anything that can be achieved, anything that you can put your mind to and get done,” said Jesse.
I think that possible is just anything that can be achieved, anything that you can put your mind to and get done.Jesse