When doctors looked a Brad Bauer, they knew he was going to survive the freak accident, but they didn’t know if he’d ever walk again. This was a bigger blow to Brad than the accident itself. His high school graduation was just weeks away. And he had always envisioned himself walking across the stage to take his diploma and turn his tassel to the other side. So, despite doctors’ predictions, Brad Bauer works hard to regain his ability to walk. And he did it just in time to get to the other side of the high school graduation stage. Check out this report below!
In the video, you’ll watch Brad get up from his wheelchair to accept his high school diploma on his own two feet. Weeks before, doctors would have claimed this act was an impossibility. But the hard-working and determined Brad was able to do it nonetheless.
“It was pretty rough,” Brad told InsideEdition.com. “I was just focusing on my feet. I didn’t have a chance to look around.”
As he got up from his chair, Brad’s classmates and everyone else in attendance at the graduation, rose to their feet and cheered. They were amazed he had overcome the freak accident during spring break.
The former captain of the water polo team was vacationing with friends in Mexico when he dove into a wave and broke his neck against a sand bar.
“[It was] rough at first. We all thought, ‘Maybe he’ll come back,’” his coach, Andy Butler told InsideEdition.com. “[But] we gave him the strength to recover and he gave us the strength to get through it.”
Brad shattered his spine at the C4 and C5 vertebrae. Doctors knew he wasn’t going to die, but they were not sure if he’d be able to walk – and certainly not by the time of his graduation.
But Brad ignored the doctors’ negativity. Instead, he determined while in the ICU that he was going to walk at his high school graduation.
“From Day 1, he always had a little bit of stubbornness and determination,” his mom, Laura Bauer, told InsideEdition.com. “[I was] speechless. There was so much emotion and pride, determination and attitude. All the support has been amazing.”
Viewers shared their thoughts on Inside Edition’s YouTube page including:
“I feel so sad at least he wasn’t at the hospital for a month.”
“Isn’t it amazing what can happen when you have great health insurance and money,” shared one cynic.
“this was heartwarming as hell. congrats to him…”
“Good for him. Spring break is where slim and fit people go to party hard.”
Valerie Glasgow wrote, “Way to go Brad. What an awesome achievement. My friend Joe got in hit by a drunk driver, Joe was on a motorcycle. He has come back just like you. Keep up the hard work Brad.”
“Good for him! I’m glad he got to make it after what happened.”
What do you make of Brad’s determination to walk at graduation? If he can do this, he can do anything.
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