Clarice Tinsley's Hometown Hero this week is a young man who admits he made a bad decision. Now he has a message he wants others to hear.
Sean Carter said he's been through a horror story. He's right.
In 2005 he had a modeling contract with a New York agent. With his good looks he worked a lot. But modeling was a means to an end. His dream was to be a real estate attorney and modeling was how he paid for classes at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls.
Then on Easter weekend he and a buddy went out drinking. They both had a lot to drink and his buddy drove him home and crashed into a tree. Carter's injuries were catastrophic.
The bones on the right side of his body were shattered. He had internal injuries and was unresponsive. He was flown to Parkland Hospital and after being in a coma for 39 days doctors learned he had damage to his entire brain and had lost the ability to speak.
Now seven years later, Carter communicates by typing into a tablet with an automated voice. He can hold a lively conversation and loves the back and forth. He can walk with assistance but spends most of his time in a wheelchair. He can get in and out of bed and dress himself. His goal is to be able to talk and walk on his own.
The 29-year-old is part of the Texas Department of Transportation's Faces of Drunk Driving Campaign. In a public service announcement he warns people not to drink and drive and not to ride with a drunken driver. He also travels by van with his mother, Jenny, across Texas to share his story with teens and adults.
Carter and his mother hope to start a foundation to build a gym in Dallas for people like him who have traumatic brain injury. They want to have a place where patients can exercise and participate in research to find better treatments. For more information, visit www.WhenSeanSpeaks.com.
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