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IN People ON 14 Dec, 2015
People don't always have the best things happening in their lives. Actually, most people really only live average lives, but sometimes others have it worse.
This is the story of a man who was told that he won't be able to walk or even stand anymore without assistance from others, and how he defied the odds by taking risks and finally reaching his goal of reaching the age of 30 and being able to stand up once again. So people, cherish what you have now, whether it's your perfect eyesight or your ability to walk.
This is Andrew Bell, a simple 30-year-old man who had his life changed forever after being told that he would never be able to walk again after a motor accident back in May.
Andrew Bell was of course stunned to hear that he wouldn't be able to walk again, but he found out that there was a special treatment being offered at a private clinic located in Bangkok, Thailand. He also had to have two metal rods put inside his back and was eventually told that he would probably have to live his remaining life on a wheelchair.
Andrew Bell really wanted to get better and not be paralyzed forever not only because he was still relatively young, but because he wanted to marry his girlfriend Helen someday and walk down the aisle with her. Moreover, Andrew Bell also wanted to be able to have fun with his adorable nephew.
He promised to himself and to others that he would reach the milestone age of 30 and be able to walk or stand again. And that, he did. After seven months since being told by doctors that he would be forever paralyzed, Andrew Bell was able to stand up again.
Because Andrew Bell did not want to lose hope, he accepted to undergo on a pioneer medical operation on Nov. 17 called epidural stimulating surgery that would mean having a microchip inserted in his back to allow the spinal chord to be stimulated and ideally have Andrew Bell move his legs again.
Andrew Bell had to undergo incredibly extensive physiotherapy so that he'd be able to move away from forever being paralyzed and go towards the goal of walking again. He even started going on a treadmill with the help of others.
Andrew Bell is actually a former member of a local Jiu Jitsu club and aside from being able to stand and walk again, he wants to go back to learning and honing his skills on Jiu Jitsu. He also hopes to marry his girlfriend and to have children in the long run.
Andrew Bell will be going home after three more weeks in Thailand. After that, he'd be able to see his 57-year-old mother and he'll finally be able to play with his 22-month-old nephew named Brian.