Let me be clear, I filed this under “Awesomeness” because I have no other section where this might go. It is truly awesome that he is alive after such a catastrophic event. Not so awesome that this had to happen at all, but as Tim puts it, “Stupid Hurts”.
In 2007, Tim was skydiving with his friends. They jumped from 11,000 feet and Tim was wearing what appears to be a helmet mounted camera. Tim became entangled with his friends parachute and starts to free fall. Unable to get untangled he hit the Earth at a high speed. Below is the description from the YouTube video.
“At 2,500 feet, my jump partner flairs his canopy causing it slow down rapidly. I entangle with it and he cuts away. Unable to fly a ball of nylon effectively, I impact a cornfield breaking my pelvis, back and neck causing instant paralysis. As I lay waiting for help, spinal shock begins to set in paralyzing my diaphragm and breathing on my own becomes impossible. Rescue breathing is performed as I lose consciousness. Paramedics arrive and I’m med-flighted to UW Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin where I awake days later after surgery and begin life as a quadriplegic. It’s taken me four and a half years to be able to watch this video.”
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This was posted on Reddit and Tim has been so awesome about answering everyone’s questions. One question in particular that stood out to me was when someone asked what the last thought going through his mind was before he hit the ground. Tim responded, “I hope this doesn’t hurt”.
He is a quadriplegic now but this fall did not injure his outlook on life or his sense of humor. There are some parts of his Reddit Q&A where you have to laugh…other parts will make you want to cry. I highly suggest checking it out.