If you’ve walked the halls of the Trauma Center at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in the last few months, there’s a chance you’ve come across Alisha Sawant. She’s the positively beaming volunteer with a permanent smile who often greets friends and family of patients, and generally helps out on the floor.
Just a few years ago, however, Alisha was a patient herself at Penn’s Trauma Center, and while she may be back on the unit, today it’s in a very different capacity – and the journey to get her there took years of hard work and care.
Alisha’s life changed on June 2, 2013. She was 25 years old; a Drexel University graduate who had started her career with a leading cosmetics company. Then one night she was involved in a catastrophic accident between the motorcycle and a car. Simply surviving the wreck was the first sign that Alisha would be one to buck the odds.