Veteran Paraplegic Skydiver Survives Accident After Parachute Will get Caught In Wheelchair 

2021-08-19 19:00:37

MCKINNEY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – He survived successful from a rocket propelled grenade whereas serving the U.S. armed forces in 2009. Now veteran Michael Vasquez has beat the chances once more, remaining alive after a skydiving accident.

Michael Vasquez (credit score: Medical Metropolis McKinney)

On August 13, his parachute received caught within the tire of his wheelchair, spinning him uncontrolled throughout his final leap of the day in Whitewright, a city in Grayson County. Vasquez tried releasing the tangled parachute so he may pull his reserve parachute. The primary parachute was partially indifferent and the reserve parachute didn’t launch. So Vasquez relied on the semi-inflated, partially hooked up most important parachute to melt his touchdown.

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“The tangled parachute slowed me down and I landed at about 12 miles per hour. It saved my life,” Vasquez stated. “I hit the bottom and I may really feel the affect. I knew to not transfer from the place that I landed and waited for emergency assist to reach.”

Dropped at Medical Metropolis McKinney’s Degree III Trauma Middle, Vasquez was identified with a femur fracture after the accident and a number of spinal fractures. Orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons centered on treating his accidents and preserving Vasquez’s earlier mobility.

Vasquez misplaced the usage of his legs when he was wounded preventing within the Center East 9 years in the past. Since returning residence, he has centered on turning into a licensed skydiver and leaping from airplanes throughout the U.S.

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“Whereas Vasquez’s warfare accidents paralyzed his legs, he maintained some operate of his hip flexors. This motion gave him an excellent quantity of operate to stay a high quality life and it was our objective to protect that operate,” says Shashank Gandhi, MD, a neurosurgeon on workers at Medical Metropolis McKinney. “Utilizing minimally invasive surgical strategies, we have been in a position to stabilize his backbone, so there is no such thing as a additional danger of damage to his spinal twine. These strategies cut back harm to his again muscle mass, permitting for decreased ache and quicker restoration.”

Along with skydiving, Vasquez is a aggressive hand bike owner and competes nationally and internationally, hoping to win a spot on a future U.S.A. Paralympics crew.

“The incisions will heal inside weeks and as soon as the fractures heal, we are able to doubtlessly take away the screws and rods out so Michael is not going to must stay with spinal implants in his again,” says Dr. Gandhi. “Following rehab to assist strengthen his again, Michael needs to be again to his regular high quality of life inside three months.”

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As for Vasquez, he stated he’s able to get again to the place he was earlier than the accident.

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