Reality TV star Nelson Thomas opens up about near deadly accident and amputation

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Reality TV personality Nelson Thomas recently sat down for a raw, emotional interview detailing his rise to fame, devastating drunk driving accident in 2023, an

d the aftermath leading up to his scheduled right leg amputation one year later March 5th, 2024. Now, for the first time officially, Thomas talks about the crash.Thomas rose to prominence as a contestant on MTV’s competition show “The Challenge,” becoming a fan favorite during his 9 seasons on the show. At just 26 years old, he was on top of the world when his life took a dramatic turn after drinking and getting behind the wheel one March night in Austin.

“I wake up and the car is on fire,” Thomas said. “And I thought I was in hell. I thought I was in hell. I literally open my eyes and all I see is flames.”“It only takes one drink for your life to turn around and that’s all it took, one drink,” Thomas said. “So, to everyone out there, please, please call and Uber, call a friend, walk home, sleep where you’re at. Don’t drink and drive because right now I’m suffering the consequences and I’m living proof alcohol is bad for you.

After surviving the harrowing accident, Thomas endured immense physical and emotional pain, including 6 surgeries trying to save his mangled foot and ankle. Despite intensive treatment and a stint in Mexico for stem cells, his injuries never properly healed. Doctors advised amputation as the best option for his quality of life going forward.

Though the decision to face amputation was extremely difficult, Thomas believes he has exhausted all other possibilities. He leans on his faith and support system while preparing mentally and spiritually for the life-altering procedure next month. Though he faces an uncertain future, the eternal optimist hopes his story can inspire others to never drink and drive. Thomas also says his story is far from over. It is just beginning as he leans on his faith, family and hope for a new future.

“I don’t know what the future holds,” he says. “But I know if I keep Him in my heart and I stay true to myself and who I am, I’m going to accomplish great things.”

 

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