A 73-Year-Old Breaks His Neck in a Motorbike Accident...

posted by Scott and Sadie - 

We hope we're this badass when we're 73.  We weren't when I was 23, but you can learn to be tough . . . right?

 

A 73-year-old beet farmer named Jim in West Gippsland, Australia was riding his motorbike last month looking for grasshoppers on his farm when he hit a divot and went flying over his handlebars.

 

He landed on his head and broke his neck.

 

And when he realized he was still alive, he knew he had to get himself home so he could call for help.  But because of his broken neck, his head wouldn't stay up.

 

So he grabbed his hair to hold his head up straight, got back on his bike, and drove himself more than a quarter of a mile back to his house in excruciating pain.  Then he called for help.

 

He was taken to the hospital, where they found he had two fractured vertebrae.  He had surgery, and now he's expected to make a full recovery. 

 

(Sydney Morning Herald)

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