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Running Doc Makes Rapid Recovery, Hopes to Return to Running in 2015

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On March 28, 2013, Dr. Ted Houk was commuting to work, as usual, with a morning run.  For years, the Lutherville doctor had become a familiar face to commuters on Charles Street as he jogged past traffic in black bicycle shorts, briefcase in hand, with a long braid down his back. But that March morning nearly six months ago, he was jogging down Charles Street when he was hit on the right leg by the bumper of a car, cracked the car’s windshield, and was immediately flown to Maryland Shock Trauma.  The accident left him with numerous fractures in his right leg, two fractures in his right collarbone, four cuts around the left knee, and a chip fracture in his left hip.

Dr. Houk before the accident.
Dr. Houk before the accident.

Since the accident, Dr. Houk, an internist who practiced independently, has endured surgeries, therapy and more. After months of tender care from his wife – and office manager – Pamela Jenkins, he’s been making a wonderfully rapid recovery.  He will return to practicing medicine in January 2014, and hopes to be up and running by 2015.

UPDATE: Running Doc Hit by Car, Condition Improves

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UPDATE: The Baltimore Sun reports that Dr. Houk suffered multiple leg fractures and bleeding on the brain, but his condition has improved. His family reports “excellent progress” since last week’s collision. He has undergone two surgeries on his leg and will face another.  Well-wishers can send Dr. Houk a message at [email protected], and the family is providing updates on his condition at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/tedhouk.

Originally reported March 28, 2013: We are sorry to report that dear, friendly Ted Houk, who we wrote about last year in Charles Street Runner Jogs His Commute and Inspires, was hit by a motorist this morning while jogging to work from his Lutherville home to his office in Towson.  The Baltimore Sun reports that a 65-year-old woman operating a 2005 Toyota RAV hit the physician at Chestnut Avenue and Charles Street.  He was taken by Medevac to Maryland Shock Trauma.

We are shocked and saddened by this news.  We will give you an update as soon as we know anything.

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