The harrowing story of a Swansea teenager who died following a backflip into a swimming pool has broken hearts across the South Coast.
The dive left the teenager with a serious neck injury, leaving him paralyzed in the water and unable to swim. He died as a result.
The tragedy reminded me of the last conversation I had on WBSM with the late Dr. Charles Krauthammer, a brilliant thinker who won the Pulitzer Prize for his columns in The Washington Post in 1987.
It came to mind because Krauthammer also cut his spine in a freshman college diving accident that left him a quadriplegic. He described that he knew that the moment he hit the bottom of the pool, he would likely die there. He said the moment he felt his life force leaving his body, he was saved.
Confined to a wheelchair and paralyzed from the waist down, Krauthammer never let his disability define him. Dr. Krauthammer was a respected physician, columnist, best-selling author, analyst, and news contributor, and despite his immobility, he went on to complete medical school and become a psychiatrist. He never let anything get in the way of his dreams.
Eloquent and with a remarkable ability to analyze politics and politicians – whether you agree with his thoughts or not – he made you think.
Thoughts and prayers are extended to the family of the 15-year-old Swansea teenager who died in the devastating accident.
If you listen to the conversation I had with him, I hope you understand that Krauthammer was a shining example that we really can do anything we think of, even when faced with a disability.
Krauthammer died of an aggressive cancerous tumor in his abdomen in 2018. In his long farewell message, he wrote: “I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life, full and complete with great loves and the great efforts that make it worth living. I’m sad to be leaving, but I’m leaving knowing I’ve lived the life I wanted.”