South Florida student graduates from FIU after crash left him paralyzed

first_imgHe woke up six weeks later from a coma to discover he was left paralyzed.“My injury took away some physical abilities, but I’m just going to keep pushing and live as if nothing happened to me,” he said. “I’m still going to study, I’m still going to work, and I’m still going to be persistent throughout my life.”Almendral was recognized at the graduation for persevering academically, despite the challenges in place.He said he’s far from done. “Next? That’s a great question,” Almendral said. “I plan on pursuing a career as a sports psychologist.”For Almendral, he’s now searching for internships in sports psychology and wants to help other athletes overcome their hurdles to success. He also plans on pursuing a master’s degree.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida college student is celebrating his graduation after a car crash left him facing challenges.Jordan Almendral took on the new title of graduate as he joined others at Florida International University, Monday.“I think today is my first accomplishment since I’ve been injured,” Almendral said.Getting up on the FIU stage for his summer’s commencement ceremony was a dream come true.“It’s just an amazing feeling that I think a lot of people thought I’d never get here,” he said. “I doubted the fact that I’d get here, but I’m here today and really, it means more than anything.”Almendral had dreams of being a professional baseball player, but a car crash in July 2010 left him unable to walk and set road blocks on his studies.Almendral was saved by emergency brain and spinal surgery after the crash. last_img

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