Bryan County teen defies odds to walk again after spinal injury

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BRYAN COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) -- Less than two weeks ago, a Bryan County teen was in a car accident that left him paralyzed, but now he's back home.

"It was a relief I thought I was going to be paralyzed," said 17 year- old Braiden Williams.

Braiden said he doesn't remember much about the accident that put his life and mobility in jeopardy.

"I remember being upside down once and I remember just laying there," recalled Braiden. "I knew my back was broke I knew something was wrong."

The accident happened off state highway 78 in Achille less than two weeks ago.Troopers said the cause of the crash was inattention, but Braiden said he swerved to miss another car, drifted too far from the road, lost control, flipped and broke his back. Braiden claims he wasn't distracted and was wearing a seat belt.

"Between Durant and Achille there's like no shoulder," said Braiden. "Once you get to the white line on the edge of the road, that's when the road stops and there's a ditch and it goes straight down."

Braiden was flown to a Plano hospital and had emergency spinal surgery and now has permanent rods in his back.

"He's definitely a trooper," said Braiden's mom Michelle Williams.

With a cane in one hand, Braiden is back on two feet. His mom said it's nothing short of a miracle.

"Our pastor always says hug a neck, pat a back and shake somebody's hand in Jesus' name amen," said Williams laughing. "He was like don't pat his back."

Braiden and his family said they're thankful for the well wishes and even a Barrel Race over the weekend that raised more than three thousand dollars to help with his medical costs.

"From the Achille first responders, to the EMS, to the ambulance, to the air evac people," said Williams listing the emergency personnel she wanted to thank. "It's so nice to let you know how much they care about you."

As for Braiden, he still has a long road ahead but is looking forward to some much needed rest, playing his guitar and getting back to riding horses in the next few months.

"I'd like to thank God for helping me get through this and have a better plan for me," said Braiden. "And thank my mom and dad who have helped me every day."

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