Accident survivor giving back to San Francisco General

Courtesy photoMargaret Timbrell.

Courtesy photoMargaret Timbrell.

Five years ago, the medical staff at San Francisco General Hospital saved Margaret Timbrell’s life after she was struck by a truck while riding her bike. Today, she is giving back. The S.F.-based artist was one of 14 chosen to participate in this year’s Hearts in San Francisco series fundraiser. Trimbell’s artwork will be auctioned off at the Heroes & Hearts Luncheon on Thursday at AT&T Park.

When did you realize that you wanted to be an artist? I think kindergarten. I remember we had a project making dragons out of paper. And my art teacher complemented me on it. My family is very encouraging of creativity. I was encouraged to go to art school at NYU.

Can you tell us about your accident in 2007? I was bicycling to work and a pickup truck made an illegal righthand turn. I was right there. It crushed me, the back tires crossed my chest and I had a lot of broken bones and pierced lungs. I was in a really bad state, bad enough that my mom told me afterwards that the police were holding the guy who ran me over there, waiting to see if I was to live or die.

What does it mean to you to give back to S.F. General?
I’m happy to give whatever I can. I’ve been really impressed with S.F. General. I had a really great experience there. They took an extreme personal interest in my case. They worked and took care of me. They made a really bad situation a lot better.

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