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Norton, paralyzed from football, tells crowd there is hope
While Chris Norton was being flown in a helicopter after suffering a severe spinal cord injury in football, he believed he was going to die.
“I was worried about my breathing,” Norton said Wednesday night to a crowd gathered in the Student Resource Center on the main campus of Iowa Central Community College.
“Our mission is to promote the long term health, wellness, recovery, and quality of life for individuals with spinal cord injury and other neurological disorders by providing additional funds to facilitate opportunities that would not otherwise exist”
Chris Norton was injured in a football game on October 16, 2010 and was given a 3% chance of ever regaining any movement below his neck. However, with his faith and determination he is regaining movement throughout his body.
CEDAR FALLS | He made the tackle on a kickoff in October 2010 but was down on the turf at Luther College. When they called for a helicopter, Chris Norton suspected he was in serious trouble.
“I was a lifeguard, so I know with any kind of a head or neck injury, you take precautions,” he says.
“I knew it was a lot bigger deal than a neck sprain.”
Norton, 18 at the time, had broken two vertebrae and was paralyzed from the neck down. Doctors offered only a 3 percent chance he would move again. He spent seven months at Mayo Clinic facilities in Rochester, Minn., then transferred to a rehabilitation center in Iowa.