Jamie Nieto, a two-time Olympic high jumper-turned-actor, has accomplished quite a bit in his life. But he faced his biggest challenge in 2016 when confronted with a life-changing injury that threatened to leave him paralyzed.
Luckily, with faith, prayer and determination, he has persevered and continues to heal.
Nieto, one of the stars in the PureFlix.com’s original “hope” opera “Hilton Head Island” (which just kicked off its second season exclusively on PureFlix.com), recently appeared on PureFlix.com’s “Pure Talk,” where he discussed playing doctor Nick Eliot and revealed details about his devastating injury.
He sustained a tragic neck and back injury just a few years after competing in the Athens Olympics in 2004 and the London Olympics in 2012.
The unfortunate incident took place during a training session.
“I was coaching some athletes and we were doing some training drills,” Nieto said, noting that he typically does a backflip after practicing his jumps. “We were doing backflips and my foot slipped and I basically went from my feet to my head and the disk in my neck slipped and bruised my spinal cord, and that left me paralyzed from my chest down. I couldn’t move.”
Watch Nieto share his harrowing story below:
He recalled laying on the ground, gasping for breath. As Nieto waited for an ambulance, he asked another athlete to pray for him, as pain and…
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