Bonner Bolton Breaks Neck
Bull rider Bonner Bolton is a contestant on season 24 of Dancing With the Stars
, but not long ago, there was a good chance he would never even walk again. In January 2016, Bolton was at the Allstate Arena in Chicago and he recalled to the NY Post
: I had this feeling that weekend that something big was going to happen. I thought maybe it would be my first big win.
When Bolton was riding a bull named Cowboy Up, he attempted to dismount and was bucked off the back, only to land on his head. He was conscious for the ordeal and realized the severity of the situation. Bolton remembered: When I left the arena [that] Sunday, I was paralyzed from the neck down — the same injury as Christopher Reeve, who played Superman, that ended up in a wheelchair ... [The doctors] said maybe 2 percent of people would walk away from that severe of a spinal injury.
After a few months of gradual progress, Bolton's sports doctor reportedly told him some unfortunate news. Bolton explained: Basically he said, ‘The way they put the metal in your neck, it’s right next to your main artery. If you break something against your third vertebra, you’re dead or paralyzed. I will never release you to ride.
Fortunately, Bolton was able to overcome his injury and now he's paired with pro dancer Sharna Burgess on Dancing With the Stars
. For more information on Bolton's neck break and recovery, click through the Instagram photos of his injury. (Instagram/Bonner_Bolton