Dustin Mantz’s Story

“On September 2, 2009, my life changed in an instant. An avid hunter, I was getting read for deer season by moving my tree stand to a new location when the safety harness snapped sending me head first 25 feet to the ground. Next thing I knew I was being airlifted to University Hospital where doctors confirmed I was paralyzed from the waist down.

After nine days, I was transferred to Drake Center where I met incredible doctors, nurses and therapists who helped me get through the toughest times of my life. They encouraged me – and even pushed me when necessay – to help me realize that even though I had a spinal cord injury, my life was not over.

One month after discharge from Drake, I helped coach my son’s basketball team. Two months later, I was back deer hunting. It’s not even a year since my accident and I’m riding four wheelers, playing wheelchair football and even swimming.”

 

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