Anthony Hodges had just been identified skipper of Salem State Universitys gentlemen basketball squad when a gondola clang left him paralyzed. Refusing the curious, the player is marching again and aiming to get back on the team.
Hodges, then 22, was thrown from the car in the July accident.
We went over a curb and boom, I instantaneously hopped up. I was looking at a spar coming straight-out. I couldnt even strengthen myself, Hodges told Fox2 5. He was the passenger, and the driver had been drinking.
Hodges, unable to move his arms and legs, was raced to Brigham and Womens Hospital, where doctors confirmed that he was paralyzed.
I was just used to being an athlete, being all over the place, and now I cant use my legs, he told the word canal. I precisely broke down.
During emergency surgery, a vertebrae in Hodges neck was replaced with a titanium enclosure, and two were fused together. Neurosurgeon Dr. Yi Lu told him he had as low-toned as a zero percentage hazard of overcoming paralysis, Fox2 5 reported.