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Texas man's spinal cord injury recovery an inspiration

Readers in Galveston might be inspired by the story of an Austin man who was seriously injured a year ago in an auto accident. The 30-year-old was driving his motorcycle near his home when another vehicle came over a hill and collided with him.

The young man was in a coma for three weeks, and when he woke, he learned that a spinal cord injury in his neck had rendered him partially paralyzed. His pelvis was also shattered; he had a tracheotomy in his throat; and his leg was so badly injured that a below-the-knee amputation was necessary.

He started rehab as soon as he could, and after only six months of working with therapists at St. David's Rehabilitation Hospital, he began walking with the help of a prosthetic device.

What he planned to do next was even more surprising. By the end of the year, he said, he would be able to wake skate.

For those who don't know, wake skating is similar to water skiing -- not exactly an activity typically associated with the types of injuries this young man has suffered.

But to the surprise of his family and friends, the man was on the water and skating before the New Year.

A doctor at St. David's hopes the man's story will give hope to other people with spinal cord injuries. "That's what we need to show patients," he said, "-- that there's potential, and there's life, and there's plenty of opportunities after a trauma like the one he had."

If readers in Galveston would like to learn more about what to do after a serious injury, our Galveston personal injury site is there to help.

Source: KHOU.com, "Austin man wake skates after paralyzing accident," Jim Bergamo, March 20, 2013

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