Man fighting back after facing life in wheelchair

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

“They really tend to rehabilitate you to acclimate you to be in a wheelchair because that’s where they think you are going to be,” Burkett said. “I wasn’t going to stay in no wheelchair.

“When people started telling me what I couldn’t do, that is when I decided I could.”

He drew inspiration from Wounded Warriors, such as those who visit Bay and Gulf counties.

He listened to televised speeches and read written words from those warriors who had survived horrific injuries and somehow found the purpose to rise above limitations.

 “I kept hearing, ‘You are as disabled as you want to be,’” Burkett said.

He transitioned from HealthSouth to Sacred Heart on the Gulf to continue his rehab under the direction of Kimberly Thomas.

“She would get me out of that wheelchair and we’d walk and walk,” Burkett said. “I came there in a wheelchair and I came out walking.”

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