Shane's Story Shane shares a special bond with his CHRISTUS St. Michael rehab therapists. "They all made me believe in myself from the very beginning. We've worked hard, and so far I've exceeded everyone's expectations. One lesson I've learned from the accident and going through physical therapy is to not take what you have today for granted, because you could lose it at any time."

Two years ago, Shane Scott never dreamed that being a role model or an inspiration to others would include a wheelchair and hours of physical and occupational therapy a day. But, a one-car accident changed everything in his life.

On Jan. 14, 2006, Shane lost control of his car, flipped, hit a tree and was ejected through the windshield. Because of the nature of his injuries, he was airlifted to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, where he spent the next two months in ICU undergoing multiple surgeries. His most serious injuries were to his spine, causing numbness in his left arm and paralysis in his legs.

From the hospital in Tyler, Shane was admitted as an inpatient to the CHRISTUS St. Michael Rehabilitation Hospital. "My first day, I was so scared," he says. "In Tyler I had about a week of physical therapy that lasted 10 minutes. Here, you are in therapy at least three hours a day"

After two months as an inpatient, Shane continued working with his therapists every week as an outpatient. His two little girls, Acealyn and Atyssa, help keep him motivated.

"One lesson I've learned from the accident and going through physical therapy is to not take what you have today for granted," he says, "because you could lose it at any time."

Shane shares a special bond with his CHRISTUS St. Michael rehab therapists. "They all made me believe in myself from the very beginning. We've worked hard, and so far I've exceeded everyone's expectations."

To prove that, at the 13th annual CHRISTUS St. Michael Rehabilitation Reunion, he lifted himself out of his wheelchair to a walker, and walked across the room.