Texas Governor Greg Abbott has made headlines today due to his decision to drop many covid restrictions in his state, starting on 10 March. However, many people are also wondering – why is Greg Abbott in a wheelchair? Keep reading for details about the accident that left Governor Abbott wheelchair-bound and paralysed from the waist down.
Who is Greg Abbott?
Gregg Abbott is the 48th Governor of the state of Texas.
He was born on 13 November 1957 and is 63 years old. Abbott is a Texan through and through – born in Wichita Falls and raised in Duncanville.
To many of his voters, Greg Abbott is also distinctive due to the fact that he uses a wheelchair. However, why that’s the case isn’t known by many.
Abbott is a conservative politician and was previously the 50th Attorney General of Texas. He has also worked as a Justice in the Texas Supreme Court.
He studied for his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin, and then gained a law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School.
Today, 3 March, Governor Abbott announced that the 29 million people in Texas will no longer have to comply with mask wearing mandates. Texas is now set to re-open its businesses at full capacity.
Why is Greg Abbott in a wheelchair?
In July 1984 Greg Abbott suffered a tragic accident.
He had gone for a run around West Houston after a storm and, in a freak accident, an oak tree cracked and fell onto his back.
Abbott was only 26 years old at the time and was studying to pass the bar in Texas. He was quickly taken to hospital.
Medical professionals found that, following his accident, Greg Abbott had “several crushed vertebrae splintering into his spinal cord, broken ribs, and damage to vital organs.”
The damage done by the incredible weight of the tree meant that Abbott required a wheelchair as he became permanently paralysed from the waist down.
Although this was a deeply difficult time for Abbott, he has shared that his accident also taught him many life lessons. The most poignant of these has been the importance of perseverance.
Greg Abbott has been open about why he is in a wheelchair, and seeks to inspire others to take every challenge head-on.
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