UPDATE: Paralyzed C.S.I. Rodeo Athlete Not Only Walks, But Dances
UPDATE: In case you were wondering about this awesome dancing cowboy, he is a successful motivational speaker traveling all over the place. The brilliant young man continues to make people smile with his upbeat attitude and insatiable drive. Plus, his dance moves have improved a little.
A few years ago at the Twin Falls County Fair rodeo, Braxten Nielsen was competing in bareback riding when the horse bucked and smashed him in to the back of the chute, breaking his back. Doctors said there was less than a 5% chance of him to ever walk again.
Well, Braxten decided to prove everyone wrong. Braxten started taking steps only 8 weeks after his accident. On December 8th, 2017 his sister challenged him to ditch the wheelchair and walker, and since then he has been getting around on his own free will. Now, not even a year late, Braxten is even dancing!
Despite his dancing skills, he still has a long road to recovery. Internally, he still has some pretty major issues and externally, his feet are numb and his left side will occasionally give out and he will fall.
Next fall, he plans on making his return to C.S.I. rodeo. But, Nielsen said he is a little nervous.
"I would be lying if I said I wasn't scared. The doctors are worried that the plates and rods in my back may hurt me," Braxten said.
He even jumped up on the bucking machine.
"Riding the bucking machine is easier than walking," Nielsen said.
Maybe we will see him as the world champ in bareback one day. Way to go Braxten.