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New Hampshire

July 8, 2014

Plaistow woman runs race for fiancé

Woman raises money for those with brain injuries

PLAISTOW — Two years ago, a horrific motorcycle crash propelled Matt Bachand into a rock wall and tree, shattering part of his skull and exposing his brain.

Since then, he and his fiancée Kelly Connolly, both 29, have found fortune through recovery as the hospital studies his case.

Connolly will run for her future husband in the 2014 Run to Home Base next weekend.

The event benefits the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital’s Home Base Program to help veterans and their families recover from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.

The engaged couple recently celebrated the two-year anniversary of Bachand’s crash, which took place in Goffstown on June 22, 2012, at 11:57 p.m.

“He was up the street at his friend’s house,” Connolly said. “When I called him, he did the typical, ‘I’ll be home in 10 minutes.’ About 30 minutes went by and he didn’t come home.”

The circumstances that led to the crash are still not known, Connolly said. There were no witnesses and nothing at the scene pointed to a cause. All that’s known was that Bachand wasn’t wearing a helmet.

“They found him up on a rock wall, into a tree,” she said. “He actually shattered the whole right side of his head, so the brain was protruding out.”

That’s when things started going in their favor. Bachand was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital. He was being operated on in about an hour and 45 minutes, Connolly said.

When he came out of a coma several days later, Bachand had both his memory and speech.

He also had Connolly by his side, which left an impression with him, he said.

“When I first woke up, she explained to me what happened,” Bachand said. “I realized she was still there taking care of me in the hospital.”

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