Family, Friends Trying To Get Tulsa Surgeon Home After Serious Wreck In Arizona

Monday, September 13th 2021, 10:12 pm
By: Jordan Tidwell

TULSA, Oklahoma -

A Tulsa surgeon went on vacation and on his way home, broke his neck, ribs and bones in his face in a terrible car wreck.

Now, his family and friends are trying to raise money to bring him home, so he can get treatment in Tulsa. 

Dave Murray is doing residency at Ascension St. John, and his girlfriend said it's tough knowing he's going through something so hard, so far away. 

Murray was on his way home from a trip to Arizona when he was in a car wreck last week. 

"There was a deer that jumped out in the middle of the road, and it was the car in front of him, so he swerved to avoid that car, and he lost control and it rolled several times," said his girlfriend, Vivian Nguyen. 

He's now in the ICU in Arizona with serious injuries including a broken neck and fractures in his ribs. Nguyen said it's been hard because he's so far away and all alone. 

"It's been hard to eat, it's been hard to sleep because I just wonder all day how he's doing, I know he's getting better, but it's just hard being so far apart from him," she said. 

Nguyen said Murray will need more surgery and rehab for his injuries. She said she and his friends and family are working to get him to Tulsa, so he can recover near his loved ones. 

"That way he can be around his friends and family, and people can actually see him and motivate him, and so we can all be in it together and help him get better," Nguyen said. 

Nguyen said she believes this is an obstacle that Murray will overcome because he's a fighter. She knows he will finish his residency as a surgeon.  

"I have really strong faith that he will pull through this, he will regain his full function in his arms and legs so he can be a surgeon again because I know that's one of his greatest dreams," she said. 

Nguyen said she hopes Murray will be home by the end of the week. 

To view a fundraiser to help get Murray to Tulsa, click here