DAILY LIVING & MOBILITY

I Was Given a 1% Chance of Walking Again: Becoming Quadriplegic

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

Nathan Tattoos

How I Became Quadriplegic & my recovery

Four years ago I was in a catastrophic motorcycle accident which left me a c6c7 incomplete quadriplegic. After two different surgeries to replace and fuse my spinal cord, I was given a 1% chance of walking or using my arms again of the normal way by the surgeon who performed both emergency surgeries. It was the first time I was given the opportunity to either continue the status quo or to reinvent myself. So I chose the latter… I began a strict regiment of physical therapy meditation and occupational therapy. Six months later I was able to get into a full mobility chair, which was operated by a joystick so I could move with my right hand.   

The persistence remained and I kept at it given what I could do with my body at that point. With continued work I was able to eventually get into a fully not assistive wheelchair which I was able to push with both my arms. Now four years later I am working with only the aid of a leg brace and a walking cane!

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