While he was riding in a PRCA rodeo last night his horse reared up and smashed him against the shoot compressing and twisting his spinal cord, resulting in braking hisT-12 and L1 Vertebrae. He was flown to University of Utah hospital where he underwent a 5 hour surgery.
After the surgery we were told he is paralyzed from the waist down.
He is in the Neuro Critical Care Unit and has a really long and rough recovery ahead of him. He has no sensation in bowels and lower limbs. He will be moved to the rehabilitation center to start learning how to use his wheel chair and relearning how to straighten muscles along with how to function as a paraplegic.
He has a fighting spirit and is determined to follow his favorite motto: "We were born to succeed". If anyone can beat the odds and overcome the adversities of this tragic event, it is Brax!!!!
Thank you for all the love, support, kind words, thoughts, and prayers. We can not express our love and appreciation.
I am Braxtens sister Jazlyn Hyder, we will be donating all funds raised straight to Braxten. Our father Rick Nielsen will be handling the account set up under Braxten Tough at Zions Bank while Braxten is in recovery. Braxten will be using the funds raised to pay for his medical bills, renovations to make their house wheelchair accessible, and any other needs he may have.
- Hilary Schneider
- Marie Hansen
- Ellie Carson
- Janine Hart
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