“I thought I was going to be paralyzed,” Oklahoma teen returns home from hospital after car accident

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BRYAN COUNTY, Okla. – A teen who was seriously injured a car accident last month has returned home from the hospital.

“It was a relief, I thought I was going to be paralyzed,” said Braiden Williams.

The 17-year-old was driving home from the Durant Livestock sale when he crashed his truck.

According to troopers, Braiden was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident and crashed due to “inattention.”

However, Braiden disagrees. He said he swerved to missed another car when he lost control of his vehicle and flipped it. He also says he was wearing his seatbelt.

“Between Durant and Achille there’s like no shoulder. 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 said. “I remember being upside down once and I remember just laying there. I knew my back was broke, I knew something was wrong.”

KXII reports he broke several bones and lost feeling of his legs during the crash. He was flown to Plano hospital for emergency spinal surgery where doctors put permanent rods in his back.

And while his road to recovery is not yet over, he says he’s just thankful to be alive.

“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.”