Man fighting back after facing life in wheelchair

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

“There have been a lot of days I get out of bed and said no I ain’t going in there. But the improvement gives me encouragement. As long as you see improvement that keeps you going.”

While he still has nerve issues with his hands – one operation at Shands was unsuccessful due to a staph infection and Burkett has another scheduled next year – he can open anything he wants.

He is a “self-sufficient cook.”

He has returned to one of his great loves fishing.

“They used to say I was the best at throwing a cast net in the county,” Burkett said, his face brightening when recalling the first time he set a hook with a cricket. “I can still throw it, but I can’t turn it loose.”

Burkett is philosophical about the journey of the past two years.

There has been education.

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