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New Shawn Bradley interview takes him to the scene of his paralyzing accident

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In January 2021, NBA legend Shawn Bradley was hit by a car while riding his bicycle in St. George, Utah. The accident left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. In an exclusive interview, Shawn and his wife, Carrie, take KSL TV to the scene of the accident where their lives were upended.

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Even though the area is less than a quarter mile from their home, they’ve only been there one other time. It was shortly after Shawn was released from the hospital, and he has no memory of that visit. They went together as a family to help everyone heal from the trauma that took place that day.

“We thought that it was important for the ones that were involved at the time to be able to process it all together,” Carrie said.

Both Shawn and Carrie say there is still a bit of PTSD that happens when they go near the area. They rarely even drive by. For Shawn, it’s just too painful.

“I always wonder, what if I just stopped at the last light for three more seconds? Or if I’d taken a different route. I really try to distract myself while we’re in that area,” he said.

You can read more about the Bradleys’ experience on KSL TV’s feature, “Up Close with Shawn Bradley,” here and watch “Strangely Grateful” on Sunday, Oct. 2nd at noon, just after the morning session of general conference.

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