After her stint on The Real World (1992) ended, while the fifth season of the show (set in Miami) was being filmed, Campos was involved in a head-on car collision after the driver of an oncoming vehicle fell asleep at the wheel. Campos’ boyfriend and his friend, who was driving their rented car, died in the accident.
Rachel Campos Car Accident
The accident happened on October 22, 2001. Campos’ boyfriend, who was also a reality TV star, died in the accident
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Accidents happen, but not everyone is lucky enough to walk away unscathed. In some unfortunate cases, accidents leave people with life-changing injuries and disabilities. Thankfully, many people manage to come out of these situations stronger than before and use their experiences as a catalyst for change. These 13 inspirational individuals are from different walks of life, but they all dared to face their fears and move on after suffering from devastating accidents:
A bus crash left this woman with a paralyzed arm and leg
Victoria Beck is a passionate fitness blogger and personal trainer from London. In her teens and early twenties, she was a gymnast and also played hockey for her university’s team. However, her life was drastically altered in 2003 when she was involved in an accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down.
At the time, she was traveling on a bus that crashed into a car. Thankfully, the driver was able to get everyone off the bus before it burst into flames; however, the accident left Beck with a crushed pelvis and several broken bones in her spine. The doctors told her that she would have a chance of regaining feeling in her legs, but the chances were slim. Nevertheless, the young woman persevered and, after seven long years in bed, she finally managed to walk again. “It was such an incredible moment, and I’ll never forget it,” she said. “Walking again and regaining my independence has been life-changing.”
This runner had a stroke after hitting her head during a race
Alysia Montano is an athlete and actress who has competed in both the Olympics and the Paralympics. In the run-up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she was chosen to represent the United States, but she suffered a stroke during a race. She attributed this scary turn of events to hit her head after tripping over a hurdle. While she was taken to the hospital immediately, she had already suffered a stroke.
This meant that her brain wasn’t receiving enough oxygen, which can leave someone disabled. After multiple tests and examinations, she was diagnosed with intracranial hypertension. This is a rare condition that can cause a person to have a stroke, even if they aren’t diabetic. Thankfully, she was able to recover and went on to fulfill her dream of competing in the Olympics. “There was a point where I had to decide whether I was going to be bitter or come back and try to do something good,” she said. “It was a no-brainer for me to come back because this is what I love to do.”
A dance accident left this dancer unable to walk
In September 2005, 25-year-old Melissa Heron was dancing in a show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. However, during one of the performances, she hit her head on the stage and fell back. This led to a spasm in her spine, which meant that she couldn’t move her legs. Heron was rushed to the hospital, where doctors told her that she had suffered a rare type of spinal stroke. She was diagnosed with Transient Paralysis, which is a condition that only affects the back and legs.
This means that the paralysis was only temporary, so she would eventually regain the use of her legs. Thankfully, she was given anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce the swelling in her spine, and she slowly regained the feeling in her legs. Although Heron had to cancel the rest of her performances, she hasn’t let this accident change her outlook on life. It has inspired her to use her struggles as fuel for creative expression. “I cannot change what happened, but I can change how I respond to it,” she said.
This aspiring chef lost her hand in a kitchen accident
29-year-old Mónica Patiño was struggling to get her foot in the door of the culinary world in Mexico City. However, a kitchen accident changed everything, leaving her without her dominant hand. While slicing tomatoes for a salad as part of her chef training, she accidentally sliced her hand instead.
She was rushed to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a bacterial infection. However, when she was given antibiotics, she developed a serious side effect. She suddenly found that she couldn’t feel her left hand, and her fingers were turning black. Fortunately, the doctors were able to save her hand, but she had to have her fingers amputated.
This devastating accident changed the course of Patiño’s life. She decided to use it as a catalyst for change and moved to New York City with her boyfriend to follow her dreams. “I had to completely change my point of view,” she said. “I had to understand that I’m still capable of doing things and that I can still be successful.”
This police officer was shot in the face on duty
38-year-old David Whalen was only 22 when he was shot in the face on duty. While patrolling the streets of Portland, he ended up getting caught in the middle of a gang fight. He was shot three times in the face and once in the shoulder. He was rushed to the hospital, where doctors told him that he was lucky to be alive. However, the bullets had done serious damage to his face, and his cornea had been damaged, too.
This meant that he would have to have a transplant. He had to wait three years before he was given a donor. During that time, he had to wear an eyepatch and was forced to learn how to read and write again using his left hand. Luckily, he made a full recovery, but he decided to change his career path. Instead of continuing his work as a police officer, he became a counselor and educator. “I’m probably better off talking to kids and groups in a different way than I would be as a police officer,” he said. “I got a second chance, so why not try something new?”
A scooter accident left this woman legally blind
At only 42 years of age, Amanda Parry was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that results in legal blindness. While the condition usually affects people in their 60s and 70s, Parry contracted it after a scooter accident when she was just 30. While she was visiting friends in Thailand, she got on a scooter driven by a friend. However, after failing to see a pothole in the road, she came off the scooter and hit her head on the pavement. Fortunately, she was rushed to the hospital, where she received stitches to the wound on her head.
She also had her knee drained, as the scooter had driven over it. However, she had completely forgotten about the accident until she noticed that she wasn’t able to see as clearly as before. After returning to the UK, she visited the ophthalmologist, who diagnosed her with Retinitis Pigmentosa. “It was difficult for me to accept at first, but I have learned to live with it,” she said. “I am still able to do many things I enjoy, and I am grateful for the life I have.”
After losing both legs, this man learned how to fly using his feet
39-year-old Erik Weihenmayer has climbed some of the highest mountains on the planet without the use of his legs. He was taught to climb by his father, who lost his right leg after being hit by a car when he was a child. After graduating from university, Weihenmayer decided to climb the highest peak in each of the seven continents, which he completed in 2000.
The following year, he decided to take on a new challenge: to climb Mount Everest without the use of his legs. He was finally able to achieve this goal in 2002, becoming the first blind person to reach the summit. However, just a few months later, he was hit by a car while training for a speed-climbing competition. The car hit him at 90 miles per hour, and he was thrown into the air and landed 50 feet away. The doctors told him that he would never walk again, but he was determined not to let this get him down. “Even though I