Robert Wickens, who is paralyzed from the chest down due to a horrific crash two months ago, said Saturday he is giving it his all to regain the use of his legs.
The 29-year-old race car driver updated his condition on Saturday, two days after announcing the August 19 smash left him a paraplegic.
“I am paralyzed from the chest down,” Wickens wrote on his social media Twitter page Saturday. “People may not be paraplegics forever.
“Since my spinal cord injury was ‘incomplete’ the nerves may be able to find a way back to my legs.
“Incomplete means the spinal cord was not severed. It was only bruised.
“In months’ time, the swelling will go down and we will learn more on how much nerve regeneration happens.”
The Guelph, Ontario native suffered serious injuries to his lower extremities, right arm and spine in a horrific multi race car smash at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.
Wickens, whose car went airborne after a collision with Ryan Hunter-Reay’s car and slammed into a retaining fence at Pocono, underwent earlier surgery to insert titanium rods and screws for stabilizing his spine as well as surgery on broken legs and a broken right arm. He also suffered bruised lungs.
On Thursday, Wickens posted a video of himself working out at a rehab facility and being helped into a wheelchair while wearing a back brace and giant padded boots.
Wickens had top finishes of second at the Phoenix and Mid-Ohio races.