Nick makes a new life despite paraplegia

WHEN Nick Benjamin was 17 he took his friend's keys and drove home after a late night of partying.

This small decision proved to be a pivotal moment in his life.

Mr Benjamin, now 22, never made it home that night.

He was in a serious accident that left him a paraplegic.

"I remember lying on the road, unable to move with two broken wrists,'' he said.

"I found out later I had serious back injuries.''

After the accident Mr Benjamin went through a series of emotional lows.

Anger, depression and rage, he said, were all apart of his grieving process.

"At first I was determined to walk again,'' he said. "Now I have accepted my life the way it is.''

Mr Benjamin, who used to be an active skateboarder and distance runner, said the direction of his life had to change.

Before the accident he had wanted to see the world, through working odd jobs in the hospitality industry.

"I chose a career path that was academic-based,'' he said.

"I am a fourth-year psychology student at Central Queensland University.''

Mr Benjamin is also featured in a Queensland Government DVD aimed at promoting safe driving among new drivers.

"I don't know how to say this without sounding too cliche, but don't drink and drive,'' he said. "When you are young you feel like you are invincible.



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