When an athlete becomes injured, it might feel as if their whole world is about to change. Tom Holden, a track and field runner for Loughborough University in England was out cycling when he was struck by a vehicle traveling at 40 mph. His injuries included a broken jaw and substantial brain damage to his cerebellum — responsible for balance and movement.
He spent one month in an induced coma and after initial brain scans, doctors told his family he might never walk again. However, one thing we know about a determined person is their refusal to accept defeat. So, Tom worked hard and gained his strength back, eventually working his way up to walking. From walking on his own to running on the track again, Tom has proved a medical diagnosis is not always right.