Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan honored the nurse in New Jersey who cared for him after he was seriously injured in a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike in 2014.
Morgan presented Gina Domingo with the Tracy Morgan Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation Nursing.
Domingo is a nurse at Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute and works in the brain trauma unit. She has spent the last 30 years caring for patients.
Morgan says she got him through his difficult recovery by encouraging him daily. “She said everything’s gonna be all right,” Morgan said. “She would take me outside and read and let me be outside in the air. I was so angry, I was so scared.”
In 2014, Morgan returned to work by performing his stand-up routine at the State Theater in New Brunswick for caregivers and first responders at a special benefit for the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He asked for the house lights to be turned on and requested all those who helped save his life to share his standing ovation with him.
Morgan’s friend, fellow comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, was killed in the crash.
A medical director of the rehab center where Domingo works says that by sharing his story, Morgan is shining a spotlight on the role of rehabilitation nursing. He added that Morgan is an inspiration to patients.
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