Paralyzed dirt bike rider goes skydiving



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Posted on July 19, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 19 at 6:20 PM

SNOHOMISH, Wash. -- Nic Trout turned 18 on Friday, and thus came his opportunity to go skydiving.

It’s something he's wanted to do a long time, despite a 2012 dirt bike accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down.

"Quit" is not a word in Trout's vocabulary.

After spending two months in the hospital, Trout returned to Marysville-Pilchuck High School and told  classmates that everything is going to be OK.

“Just look at other people who are paralyzed -- they make it through just fine, and I will too,” Trout added.

That was over a year ago. On Friday afternoon, he did a tandem jump with an instructor Vladimir Urachai, a veteran with thousands of jumps under his belt.  Also jumping was his rehabilitation doctor from Seattle Children's, Tom McNalley.

After gaining altitude for 20 minutes in the plane, they made the jump back to earth.

"I think that was the best thing ever,"  a glowing Trout said afterwards. "The best part was jumping out the plane. That feeling, the biggest adrenalin rush I've ever had."

Skydive Snohomish was able to make Trout's dream come true. He says he may jump again.