Doctors delivered doses of grim news on a daily basis. Brock Mealer would never walk again. In the weeks after a car accident paralyzed him from the belly button down on Christmas Eve 2007, they said they could manage his pain.
But he fractured his T-12 and L-1 vertebrae, and would be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. His mother insisted her son would walk, but doctors politely told Shelly Mealer that she didn’t know anything about medicine. Don’t live in denial, they said. In October 2009, nearly two years after the accident, Brock visited his brotherElliot, a survivor of the accident and football player at the University of Michigan.
An impromptu meeting with the team’s coaching staff led to an invitation. The strength and conditioning staff didn’t have experience treating paraplegics, but would Brock like to rehab with them? This Saturday marks a milestone in that experiment. Maybe Brock will use two canes, maybe one, maybe none. But before the season opener against Connecticut, he will walk under his own power through the Michigan Stadium tunnel and lead the Wolverines onto the football field.
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