Those closest to Chudier Dang have come to admire the towering man for his sage like wisdom. When he experienced a life-threatening brain aneurysm and resultant stroke in 2019, many, including close friend and personal trainer Alex Murphy, feared they might lose an invaluable peer.
While traveling to Seattle, Washington, with his then girlfriend, Dang suffered the stroke as a result of an arteriovenous malformation, an abnormal interlocking of blood vessels in his brain. The episode put Dang in a coma for five months and left him paralyzed on the left side of his body, setting off a lifelong journey back to personal freedom.
Well, now I got a second chance at life, so to speak. I am really appreciative that I am still alive. Chudier Dang
Dang and Murphy’s mutual friends urged the pair to come together to speed Dang’s recovery process, which is entering its second year. So, for the last three months, the two have been undergoing sessions with the blessing of Dang’s physical therapist. The sole proprietor of Murphy Training and Wellness, Murphy had been rigorously studying body mechanics for a few years prior to the pair working together.
This collection of photos documents the days in the life of the Dang and Murphy’s friendship and training sessions as well as offering a small window into Dang’s life. Dang’s story is being documented on Instagram and can be found at https://www.instagram.com/chudisrecovery/.
Dang and Murphy are both graduates of Mankato West High School, and currently reside in the Mankato area.