What injury did you sustain?
I sustained a head trauma to the two frontal lobes, also a shattered left heel, broken left femur that sustained a bone eating infection that luckily a orthopedic surgeon from KU Med Dr. Archie Heddings defeated , collapsed lung, and to finish it a case of nerve damage on the right leg known as drop foot which who knows if I’ll ever heal it and regain the use of the right leg from knee down.
When did this injury occur?
How long was the recovery process?
6 months in total still have certain injuries
What provided you the motivation and drive to press on through the difficult times after sustaining the injury?
I’ve always been the type of person that doesn’t let anything get in my way of creating a great life for myself it helps when you’ve got a big family that is willing to do whatever it takes to help you through a problem. My cousin and grandparents switched in and out so someone was with me at all times, and this was after my mom and dad couldn’t miss anymore work than they already had along with the rest of the family and friends.
How did the injury you sustained shape your character in who you are today?
I have come to realize how important life is and how much we as people don’t truly appreciate life and what it holds: like just the ability to walk, talk, associate with others and everything. Now that I see life and everything it holds for us I’m learning to build myself the strongest I can, with knowledge and physical strength, so now I can go on to help others with the same problems I’ve made it through.
Since the injury, how has life changed for you?
I can no longer play baseball or any physical sports; I can also no longer run but I can still do enough to build a great life as a nurse or doctor to help others just like my amazing Dr. Heddings who was in a horrible wreck at one time but lived and is now a doctor helping others through what he’s already gone through. One of my main goals is to get the love of my life back and to show her that I can give her just as much as any other guy out there while doing everything I can to get myself back to being able to run, jump, and any other thing I wanna put my mind too.