When native Californian Ian Woodman moved to Idaho to raise his family, his younger brother shrugged it off, as most would; then February 24, 2000 happened. On that day, Morgan Woodman was proceeding through an intersection when another driver hit him from the side, smashing his vehicle into a telephone pole. Ian Woodman, in Idaho, hundreds of miles away, got the call: his younger brother was unconscious and seriously injured.
Ian Woodman left Idaho and traveled back to California, where his brother remained in a coma until May 3. Morgan woke up but was missing 2 years of memories. Fortunately, he recalled his family. Life was tumultuous at this time for Ian Woodman: Idaho, California, Idaho, California… The older Woodman split his time between his wife and family and the brother he loved so much.
Over the next year there were several more trips for Ian Woodman, from Idaho to California and back, for a week at a time, while Morgan recovered. Morgan was in a wheelchair and had suffered enough trauma that his short-term memory was almost useless. However, for Ian Woodman, Idaho was just too far away and his brothers’ progress was too slow. Ian Woodman thought Idaho was a better place for Morgan to recover and believed that he and his family would be a great support system for the ailing young man. Morgan agreed. Making a resolution to get his brother back on his feet, Ian Woodman made Idaho Morgan’s home.
Morgan Woodman made the trip with Ian Woodman to Idaho in March of 2002. For the next seven month, Morgan underwent intense physical therapy. According to Ian Woodman, Idaho helped his brother make great strides in recovery but Morgan was afraid, as many people are after an accident, of failing. He worried he would fall and so he refused to let go of his wheelchair. Having greater faith in his brother than Morgan did in himself, Ian Woodman – an Idaho businessman known for encouraging his employees with unique ideas – had a thought: Take away the wheelchair.
Needless to say, Morgan was less than thrilled but learned to rely on a walker instead. The walker gave way to crutches, and Morgan started living with his injuries instead of living in spite them. Eventually, Ian Woodman’s Idaho transplanted brother Morgan found the courage to “Carpe Diem.” He started attending church and met his wife. They now have two children; the Woodman families remain close and Morgan has learned to walk free from crutches for a short time.
Ian Woodman, Idaho businessman, is half owner of Instant Tax Solutions, and his brother’s best friend and most vocal advocate. He credits a healthy dose of both modern medicine and old fashioned faith in God for his brothers’ remarkable recovery.