Home / For Patients & Families / Success Stories / Orthopedics / Alfonso's Story Alfonso's Story – Alfonso King “They were really open and honest about my recovery, and I appreciated that. As a medical professional it really taught me about being straightforward and sincere with patients.” As a Tuskegee Airman medic, Alfonso was accustomed to thinking quickly. When he was in a head-on car crash, he got himself out of the wreckage, but his hip was shattered. Now Alfonso is a walking example of how a fighter perseveres. “From the last plane, to the last bullet, to the last minute, to the last man, we fight!” – Joe “Lightning” Little, Red Tails After a car accident left him unable to walk, Alfonso King channeled the Tuskegee Airman spirit to help him learn to walk again. “I was down for so long,” says Alfonso. “I could barely walk and I didn’t have any strength.” Alfonso was on a two-lane highway when a driver in the other lane tried to pass the truck in front of him. “I saw him coming straight at me,” says Alfonso. “As a Tuskegee Airman medic, I know how to react in a situation like this, but there was just nowhere for me to go.” Alfonso’s leg was trapped between the console and dash. He knew right away that his leg was broken. When medics arrived, he was too tall for them to pull him out of the car; he had to get out himself. “What I didn’t know is that the break sent shock waves up my leg, shattering my hip,” says Alfonso. “I went to a local hospital where my hip was reset and then I was transferred by ambulance to Detroit where I had surgery. That surgery didn’t stick and I had to have a second one. On top of that, I started to have issues with my back and neck.” Seven months after his accident, Alfonso came to DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. “They were really open and honest about my recovery, and I appreciated that,” says Alfonso. “As a medical professional it really taught me about being straightforward and sincere with patients.” Therapists worked with him in the pool, helped him with knee lifts, exercise machines, bikes and weights. “They did an excellent job.” Today Alfonso enjoys teaching tennis, dancing and he continues his speaking engagements to tell people about the Tuskegee Airmen.