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Tag: Anthony Purcell

Paralyzed but Determined to Walk, and to Help Others Too

Published: December 5, 2012

Walking With Anthony helps those with spinal cord injuries

Nearly three years ago, Anthony Purcell thought he was dying.

He dove into the Florida surf and didn’t come back up. He couldn’t move at all. His neck was broken, his spinal cord injured.

He was paralyzed, he learned in the hospital after a cousin pulled him from the water. But “paralyzed” is a word his family refuses to say, and a prognosis the Purcells refuse to accept.

‘Walking With Anthony’ and the Long Road to Recovery

Published: July 30, 2012

It only takes a split second for a life altering spinal cord injury to occur.

Anthony Purcell, 24, of Newport Beach, knows that all too well.

After diving into the ocean in Florida in 2010 and hitting a sand bar, that’s all the time it took for him to fracture his C5 and C6 vertebrae.

It didn’t take his mother, Micki, much longer to realize that they had no idea where to turn or what to do next.

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