Jarrett D.

So my story starts just over 19 years ago. I’m from New York originally and we had a snow day from school me and a few of my buddies went sledding and I hit some ice and hit two trees head first. We had thought I just messed up my shoulder but turns out I had broken my neck in three places. Went to a hospital was waiting for an air lift to a specialty hospital on Long Island and that’s when they realized not only was my neck broken but I had torn my coratid artery as well and was now bleeding out so ended up having three surgeries total and spent 7 days in a medical coma and total 11 days in the sicu. Went and did 6 months in a rehab and another 1.5 years doing out patient. Almost two years after I got hurt come to find out the cadaver they used to save my life turned out to be stolen and not cleaned properly so I had to get tested for a whole bunch of shit for almost two years luckily everything came back clean. Since then I’ve traveled the country and world, been on a USA Paralympic team and worked as a mentor for several spinal cord injury groups working as a mentor sports advisor and life coach skill.

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