Pickett Walks! Paralyzed Teen Walks to Accept High School Diploma
(SHINGLE SPRINGS, Calif.) -- Zachary Pickett was a 16-year-old lifeguard and high school water polo player in Shingle Springs, California, when a swimming accident left him paralyzed from the chest down and confined to a wheelchair.
But Pickett, 18, surprised his classmates at Ponderosa High School Friday when he got out of his wheelchair and walked across the stage to accept his high school diploma...
Pickett says doctors told him at the time of his injury that they did not know what his future would hold...
Pickett, who has full use of his arms, says he will also continue with his physical therapy to see what else he can accomplish.
“I don’t know,” he said of his own prognosis. “I know it’s definitely going to be a lot more years if I want to be back to normal, which I don’t know will ever happen. I’m just trying to adapt to what I can do and to strengthen my legs and core to be as physically good as I can be with what I can do.”
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