Robert Wickens faces a long road ahead to be able to regain his mobility, but the Canadian IndyCar driver is showing no lack of resolve or spirit.
Wickens suffered a horrendous crash at Pocono Raceway back in August that unfortunately left the Schmidt Peterson Motorsport driver paralyzed from the waist down - at least for now as his spinal cord injury was "incomplete", meaning it was not severed, a condition that could allow the 29-year-old to recover his mobility as nerve regeneration takes place.
"Did my first slide transfer as a paraplegic today," he wrote.
"My upper body is getting stronger every day. I’ve only been posting videos of the small movement in my legs. but the reality is I am far away from walking on my own.
"I’ve never worked harder for anything in my life. More to come!"
Did my first slide transfer as a paraplegic today. My upper body is getting stronger everyday. I’ve only been posting videos of the small movement in my legs, but the reality is I am far away from walking on my own. I’ve never worked harder for anything in my life. More to come!! pic.twitter.com/lMw8XJgOck
— Robert Wickens (@robertwickens) October 26, 2018
The message included a short video in which team boss Sam Schmidt - who is paralyzed from the neck down as the result of an injury sustained in a crash at Walt Disney World Speedway in 2000 - can be seen looking on in the background, rooting for Wickens as he battles his paralysis.
After a successful stint in the DTM series with Mercedes, Wickens took IndyCar by storm this year when he qualified on pole for his first-ever start and almost won the IndyCar round at St. Petersburg last March.
Despite the tragic misfortune that befell him at Pocono, Wickens still won the 2018 Sunoco IndyCar Rookie of the Year Award thanks to his previous performances.
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