By Jess Grieveson-Smith
A man who was left paralysed by a drunken fall down an ESCALATOR is now thanking his accident for giving him a new lease of life.
Daniel Wilson, 33, was enjoying night out with his pals in central London when he fell down a busy tube escalator head first – resulting in him being paralysed from the waist down.
The tragic accident has left Daniel, from Billericay, Essex, confined to a wheelchair for life after the fall caused irreversible nerve damage.
But since his accident in 2013, Daniel has refused to let it slow him down and has even achieved a world record earlier this month whereby he pulled a plane with 98 other wheelchair users.
He has also enjoyed several skiing holidays, flew a plane and even became part of the British Paralympic Shooting team.
Daniel, a volunteer worker, said: “You never think anything like this is going to happen to you.
“I had enjoyed a drunken night out with my friends when I lost my footing at the tube station and fell down the escalator.
“I fell down the entire flight and although it was painful, I was able to get up at first.
“But as the weeks passed I started to lose feeling in my legs and after being referred for scans, it was revealed that I’d damaged my spine.
“I underwent over eight keyhole surgeries before I became fully paralysed from the waist down.
“The final surgery revealed that the blood vessels in the back were all twisted and from that moment I accepted that I’d never walk again.
“Life was never going to be the same but it was my own fault and I’m a positive person.
“The sports have given me routine, kept me active and given me a new lease of life.”
Daniel accepted his paralysis quickly and became determined to show that he could still have a motivated life with routine.
He worked with the charity, Sport Ability, in order to keep himself fit and active.
Daniel said, “I worked hard at sports, giving myself goals to aim for.
“I volunteered to take part in a world record attempt back in summer.
“I was in London for a hospital appointment and the guys organising it rang.
“They wanted me at Heathrow Airport to help them.
“Raising money for aero-mobility alongside British Airways, 98 wheelchair users pulled the plane 100 metres.
“You’re working as hard as you possibly can – I was lifting myself out of my chair.
“The actual pull was only happening for six to eight minutes.
“I felt powerful for the first time since the accident.
“I wanted to show that if I can do it, anybody can.”