Greenville Hospital Patient Competes at Paralympics

Brian Bell is on a roll…one that has earned him a gold medal in wheelchair basketball at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 27-year-old Alabama native and father of three calls the games the biggest challenge of his career.

Bell lost his right leg in a train accident when he was just 10-years-old. Between the ages of 10 and 18, he came to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville for treatment and prosthetic limb fittings and fabrication. At Shriners Hospitals for Children, the doctors and staff helped Bell to not only recover, but also try new activities. These activities included sports, such as football, which he played until he discovered wheelchair basketball at a training facility he frequented.

Bell fell in love with basketball and went on to win a gold medal in the World Championship in Birmingham, England, when he was just 16. He now plays professionally in Italy.

Bell is also studying kinesiology and hopes to become a personal trainer and basketball coach. He wants to give back to other young people who suddenly find themselves facing adversity, just like he did after his accident.

“I want to show others that you can still go on to do great things even if you have a disability,” said Bell. “It can make you stronger and Shriners Hospitals for Children helped me see that.”

Source: www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org

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