Thursday, September 29, 2011

Paralyzed skydiver shares videos of accident and new life

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A skydiving accident left Chris Colwell paralysed from the neck down. Instead of forever reliving his tragedy in private, he decided to make it public by posting a video of the accident on YouTube.

In April 2003, Colwell, at the time a skydiving instructor in Florida, went on a jump with a student. He had a camera attached to the left side of his head. His student fell too quickly; Colwell tried to speed up to catch him, but his head struck the student in the chest. Colwell’s neck snapped instantly. As he fell down to earth, he stayed conscious; his emergency parachute automatically opened and saved his life. But from the moment of the collision on, he has lived life as a paraplegic.

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