WINONA, Minn. (KTTC) -- We all fear the worst at certain times but what happens when those fears are realized?
11 years ago a Winona man found himself in that situation, fighting for his life.
Now, Adrian Torbenson is sharing his love of music and poetry.
In 2001, a drunk and high driver hit Torbenson while he was crossing the road.
Besides breaking several bones and shattering his left leg, he suffered a traumatic brain injury that erased his memory.
"I was in a coma for about half a month. When I woke up I didn't know who I was, what happened to me," Torbenson said.
The 22-year-old says it took him a year to re-learn his ABCs.
He also used photos to remember his family.
"It was super hard and I wanted to give up on my life. Every day. Every day I tried to end my life but I'm glad I didn't succeed," Torbenson said.
Torbenson went on to graduate high school with a 4.0 GPA.
He's now a senior at Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical.
Torbenson still suffers from short-term memory loss.
However, he will graduate from college within the next year.
Torbenson will be performing at Acoustic Cafe in Winona from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 21.
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