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Chris Rossi/The Gazette
Maria Pattakos sits in her Kensington home with her husband, Arion. Pattakos was struck by a truck at the intersection of Beach Drive and Cedar Lane in Bethesda in 2004 while saving the life of a friend's grandchild, whom she was pushing in a stroller. After she nearly lost her life, Pattakos has slowly recovered through intense therapy, several trips to her home village in Greece, and the love and care of her husband.