MACON, GA.-- - A Middle Georgia State University student is not letting anything stop him. Not even a life-changing accident could slow him down.
Just looking at Middle Georgia State University senior Brian White, you would not think anything was different. But there is one thing that changed his whole life.
"I tried to call my wife on the telephone and I had left her and my son a message on the answering machine to tell them goodbye. I thought my life was over, you know, and it was the end,” recalls White.
He says it was a day like any other at work back in 2010 at Griffin Industries in East Dublin when something unexpected happened.
"A machine got my leg and it pulled it off, and right after it happened, I didn't think I was going to make it. When I looked down the leg was gone,” says White.
He says he woke up in the hospital three days later and spent six months recovering and learning to walk with a new addition.
"It actually has a microprocessor inside of it that controls the hydraulics on it so if you start to stumble, it can help catch you,” White explains.
He got a prosthetic. White says that meant learning to walk again. Also, he says it meant learning to do even basic things differently.
"Since my accident, if I get up in the middle of the night to fix a bottle, I have to get up and put a leg on so I can sit with them or rock them in the chair. It's just little things like that, but it's not all bad. It's opened up a lot of opportunities for me that I probably wouldn't have had before,” says White.
Even Middle Georgia State recognized White's story in a commercial. But it just gets more interesting for him. He has just been accepted as one of 14 students selected for Georgia Tech's prosthetics and orthotics program where he will learn to design and fit prosthetics for other amputees. White says it is all because of that accident seven years ago.
"If could go back and relive all that again, it would be worth it in the end because it got me to where I am now. I feel it’s made me a better person. It opened my eyes that you don't know if you're going to be here tomorrow, so you better make the best of today,” says White.
He says that is exactly what he has done. White has turned lemons into lemonade. Brian White is set to graduate in the spring. In the fall, he will start study prosthetics and orthotics at Georgia Tech. He says he will be there studying for the next few years.
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