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Chris Rossi/The Gazette
Maria Pattakos sits in her sun room with her husband, Arion, in their Kensington home. 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. Her recovery from a coma, traumatic brain injury and various injuries has been long, slow but ultimately successful.