Shawn Bradley shares details of bike accident that left him paralyzed

Shawn Bradley, the No. 2 decide within the 1993 NBA draft and a 14-year NBA veteran, offered the specifics of a bike accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down in a revealing account to Sports activities Illustrated.

Bradley informed SI that final January, simply earlier than exiting a roundabout close to his house in St. George, Utah, he was struck by a Dodge minivan, whose driver was “hustling to select up her little one from college,” within the phrases of the story’s author Brian Burnsed. 

Writes Burnsed of the accident: 


“Bradley tumbled over the trunk and the driving force’s facet of the Saturn, and he landed headfirst on the asphalt, his helmet cracking beneath his 300-odd kilos. Police say the driving force continued on however returned to the scene later. By no means charged with against the law, she says she gave Bradley sufficient room when passing him.) Confused however aware after the spill, splayed on the bottom and gazing up at a crystalline sky, Bradley says he went by way of a psychological guidelines. He couldn’t transfer his arms or his legs. He couldn’t sit up. He had no management over his respiratory, which quickly grew labored. Solely his eyes heeded his instructions. Am I going to suffocate? he requested himself. Am I going to die slowly?”

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