Though the accident happened in a blink of an eye, its effects will last forever for Rocky Stoutenburgh.
“I was at a graduation party actually and we left to go to my friend’s house. We were just hanging out and I started wrestling around with a buddy of mine and I got dropped on my head on a mattress and broke my back,” Stoutenburgh tells PEOPLE of the moment his life changed in 2006.
“I got airlifted to Ann Arbor hospital, and I don’t remember anything about the next couple of weeks. I was probably drugged up pretty good,” the 33-year-old from Detroit recalls. “I’m basically paralyzed from the neck down. I can move my shoulders, but that really doesn’t serve a purpose really.”
Stoutenburgh was 19 at the time and ready for the next chapter of his life. He had a job, a girlfriend, and regularly played ice