Gov. Abbott Speaks On Anniversary Of Accident That Left Him Partially Paralyzed

Chris Fox
July 16, 2019 - 7:35 am
Texas governor Greg Abbott

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AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - Governor Abbott took to twitter on Sunday evening with a video to acknowledge the anniversary of the day he was paralyzed for life.

It was July 14th 1984, thirty five years ago, 26 year old Greg Abbott was jogging in Houston after a storm when an oak tree snapped landing on him, shattering his back leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. He had two steel rods implanted in his spine, underwent extensive rehabilitation and has used a wheelchair ever since.

"On this day 35 years ago, my back was broken and I was paralyzed forever. My life seemed crushed. Little did I know that I would go on to become governor of the greatest state in America. It just shows that anything is possible in Texas. Never let challenges stop you from achieving your dreams. Never give up."