Nearly two years ago, comedian Tracy Morgan was riding in a limousine with friends when a Walmart truck rear-ended them on a New Jersey highway, killing Morgan's good friend, and leaving him with several broken bones and serious brain trauma. In the months that followed, he underwent treatment at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, at times contemplating suicide due to the severity of his injuries and dark places his mind went.
He fought through it all though and made a triumphant public return 15 months after the accident in a surprise speech at the Emmys. Now he's gone even further to pay his dues to the people who saved his life. According to People, Morgan recently held a special stand-up show at the State Theatre near the hospital where he was treated, and several doctors and employees were in the audience. When the house lights came up at the end, he invited them all on stage to share in the moment.
"These people are heroes and I love them all from the bottom of my heart," he told People. "The only good thing that happened on that horrible night was that I was close to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital when the accident happened. God bless them all."
Going one step further, Morgan also donated all of the show's proceeds to the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Calling it "one of the most special nights of my life," he clearly wanted to give back to the people who brought him back from the brink.
Hey may have said he will "never fully be able to thank the doctors, nurses, first responders and everyone else that got me back on that stage enough," but that gesture alone probably got him pretty close.