Daily Archives: June 26, 2015
It wasn’t that long ago that Dan Thomas thought he had it all.
After years of hard work – he bought his first dump truck at 18, and had worked in the truck and excavating industry for nearly 30 years – the Newton resident, then 45, had a wife, a business and a house he’d paid off.
Then, in 2002 while driving home along 32 Avenue late one winter night, Thomas hit a patch of black ice, and rolled his truck into a tree.
His injuries – which he says included crushed lungs and two vertebrae in his back “basically disintegrating” – left him paralyzed from the waist down.
Mitch Brogan is among those rare few who refuses to take no for an answer.
When doctors told him he would never walk again after suffering a spinal cord injury in 2006 that left him a quadriplegic, Brogan set about to prove them wrong.
Far from willing just to sit in his wheelchair and watch life through the windows, he began pursuing an interest in exoskeleton technology.