Sean Bradley, the No. 2 pick in the 1993 NBA Draft and a 14-year NBA veteran, provided the specifics of a bike accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down in a revealing account. Sports Illustrated,
Bradley told And Last January, just before exiting an intersection near his home in St. George, Utah, he was hit by a Dodge minivan whose driver, in the words of story writer Brian Burnsad, “was to pick up his child from school.” was running” .
Burns by Accident writes:
Bradley fell on the driver’s part of the trunk and Saturn, and he landed first on the asphalt, breaking his helmet under his 300-pounder. Police say the driver continued but later returned to the scene. Not charged with a crime, she says she gave Bradley enough space as she passed by.) Confused but conscious after the spill, splashing on the ground and looking up at a crystalline sky, Bradley says he was a He went through a mental checklist. His arms or his legs. He couldn’t get up. He had no control over his breathing, which soon became laborious. Only his eyes heeded her commands. Am I going to suffocate? he asked himself. Am I going to die slowly?”
Bradley told And He spent three weeks in the ICU before being transferred to the inpatient neurological rehab wing, where Bradley’s 7’6” frame posed a unique challenge to the hospital’s medical staff.
Bradley now uses a wheelchair that weighs 500 pounds, took three months to engineer and “costs more than most cars,” he said. Along with his wife Carrie and their three children, their family is dependent on a new $120,000 cargo van, which has a lift to allow them to enter the vehicle.
At home, she has a custom-made shower chair and needs assistance from a caregiver to get out of her bed and get ready for the day.
“The first time people I’m very close with see me, it’s emotional,” Bradley said. “It’s extremely dry.”
However, Bradley and his medical team still wish one day to move from a chair to his bed and back without assistance.
“It’s something we all think is possible,” he said. “We’re not there yet—but we’re getting there.”
Bradley also told after the accident And That, in Burns’ words, the burden of being his family’s “major concern” weighed heavily on him.
“Maybe it would be better if it all ended,” he said. “Yeah, those thoughts creep in – and they are real. I can never imagine acting on those thoughts, but I certainly have.”
Still, Bradley, who averaged 8.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game in his career, wants to bring comfort and stability to others facing challenges like himself, and the public about bike safety. educating as a priority.
To read the full description of Bradley’s accident and recovery from Burns, click the link here.
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