St. Francis man credits seat belt for saving his life

11:28 PM, Feb 10, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A St. Francis man says he's grateful to be alive after a devastating accident last Saturday that was caused by a medical condition.

Jeffrey Sandoval crashed his Dodge truck on I-694 near Rice Street in Shoreview around noon last Saturday. Pictures of the crash show the truck was all but demolished after colliding with a bridge.

"When I finally saw a picture of what happened, I couldn't believe I was here," Sandoval told KARE 11 on Saturday.

Sandoval doesn't remember the crash -- nor the 10 to 15 miles he drove from his mother's house in Brooklyn Center to where the crash happened.

"I have no recollection of anything else happening," he said.

Doctors believe Sandoval went into "diabetic shock" after his blood sugar level plummeted.

"That morning, my blood sugar level was 79, and I was where I should be... at the emergency room, they registered a 48, which is very, very low," he said.

Doctors still have not been able to give a medical explanation for why Sandoval's blood sugar level fell so quickly.

Meantime, Sandoval is urging people with diabetes to heed his story. He's also asking everyone to remember to do what likely saved his life -- buckling up.

"I'm living proof that a seatbelt does save a life," he said.

Today, Sandoval says he's grateful he didn't have any passengers or crash into another car, causing injury to others. And the father of six and grandfather of six with another on the way -- says he's also grateful to have survived with only bruises and a sprain.

""It makes me realize just how important my family really is," he said, adding, "I truly believe I had a guardian angel watching out for me."

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