Ed Jackson, the host of the Paralympic Games, provides an update on his recuperation four years after the horrific event.
Ed Jackson, the host of PARALYMPICS, has spoken out about his recovery in a new book.
Ed Jackson, a former professional Rugby Union player, was involved in a tragic accident in 2017 that changed his life forever. The broadcaster talked about his recuperation and his new book with This Website.
After accidently diving into the shallow end of a swimming pool, Ed was told he might never walk again.
After his vertebrae were dislocated, the former athlete needed an emergency operation.
Four years later, the former footballer turned presenter is still climbing mountains to raise money for charity.
He recounted his healing path, saying, “I have Brown-Sequard syndrome, thus a fragmented disc split my spinal cord in half.”
“As a result, the left half of my body performs poorly in terms of movement but has normal sensation, whereas the right side performs well in terms of movement but has absolutely no sensation.
“As a result, I can’t feel warmth or discomfort, which has its own set of problems. I have overheating problems because I don’t sweat from below the nipples.
“I have bladder and bowel troubles, sexual function concerns, blood pressure issues, and I wake up 10 to 12 times per night on average, so I’m sleep deprived, and my left hand doesn’t work either.
“It would have devastated me if you had told me before the accident that I would have only one of those things in my life.
“But when you consider the circumstances, and the fact that I wasn’t meant to be walking again, and that I may never have been independent again, it all feels like a win.
“It just makes me happy that I can go down the stairs in the morning, clean my teeth, and get in a car and drive.”
His incredible journey is told in his new book Lucky, which is a mix of autobiography and self-help.
Ed began writing this when he was first admitted to the hospital, as a way of chronicling his rehabilitation.
“I started writing when I was in the hospital,” he explained.
“I began keeping a diary, initially on voice notes because I was unable to write or move.
“And then one afternoon, I awoke to find my friend poring through all of my diary entries, as your friends obviously do with your personal journal.
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