Friday, June 5, 2020

Tag: Alex McKinnon

Coming to terms with a life sentence

Published: April 26, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Travis Roy gives up to 50 speeches a year. Photo / APIn 1995, 20-year-old Travis Roy was making his debut for the Boston College ice hockey team when 11 seconds into his collegiate career he mistimed a hit on an opponent and slammed hard into the boards, breaking the C4-C5 vertebrae in his neck. He has not walked since.

Last month, 22-year-old Alex McKinnon of the Newcastle Knights was playing his 49th NRL game and with 38 seconds remaining in the first half, was tackled by three Melbourne Storm players, lifted in the air and landed on his head, breaking the C4-C5 vertebrae in his neck.

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