Man fighting back after facing life in wheelchair

Published: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 10:55 AM.

A friend, concerned that Burkett did not show up for work the next day found him, or actually heard his cries for help, when checking Burkett’s Port St. Joe home.

He was rushed to Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf where it was determined Burkett suffered a broken neck.

He was quickly en route to Bay Medical Center.

That day, after being prepped for surgery, Burkett’s doctor was stark with Burkett’s family – no guarantees Burkett would survive surgery.

And if Burkett survived the surgery, there were no guarantees he would not be paralyzed, relegated to learning to live in a wheelchair.

For more than a week, Burkett, heavily medicated had little clue about his condition or prognosis.

When he was lucid enough, his doctor remained just as blunt as with his family.

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