Former Wasps and Dragons star Ed Jackson’s rugby career was in ruins after dislocating his vertebrae in an accident and needing three CPRs … now, after surgery and rehab, he’s climbing mountains and pushing himself to the limit
- Former rugby player Ed Jackson suffered a gruesome pool accident in 2017
- He dived into a shallow pool and sustained serious spinal injuries
- Jackson was resuscitated three times in an ambulance on the way to the hospital
- But after extensive surgery and rehabilitation, he is now heroically climbing mountains
- Jackson and his wife Lois have also managed to raise more than £ 200,000 for charity
Former Wasps and Dragons rugby player Ed Jackson suffered a devastating accident that ended his career, but – after extensive surgeries and rehabilitation – he now climbs mountains and pushes the limits.
In April 2017, Jackson, the former number 8 who also played for Bath, Doncaster and London Welsh, was told never to run again after a horrific accident.
During a weekend off, he dived into a shallow pool and sustained serious spinal injuries. Jackson dislocated his C6 / C7 vertebrae and exploded a disc, causing the shards to cut through the left side of his spinal cord.
Ex-rugby player Ed Jackson was told he would never be able to walk again after a terrible accident
In 2017, Jackson dove into a shallow pool and sustained serious injuries to his spine and required three CPRs.
This removed 8 mm of spinal cord, leaving only 4 mm. Getting worse. Jackson had to be resuscitated three times in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.
Over the following months, he underwent extensive surgery and rehabilitation, and within a year went from flickering movements in his toes to pushing his body to the limit, climbing mountains.
Now a recovering paralytic, Jackson and his wife Lois co-founded the Millimeters 2 Mountains charity with former England rugby player Olly Barkley.
After surgery and rehab, Jackson is now climbing mountains and pushing himself to the limit
Their goal has been to help people overcome their mental health challenges through exploration and adventure and they have managed to raise over £ 200,000 for a number of charities including Restart Rugby, Wings for Life, Neverest Orthopedics and the NHS.
Jackson also launched a podcast this year called ‘It’s Good to Walk’ where he talks to other inspiring people to emphasize the importance of communication, while each chat also reveals some practical advice for listeners.
Jackson has also recently appeared on TV, presenting Channel 4’s European Champions Cup rugby highlights and recently commenting on the Six Nations.
Jackson and his wife Lois have raised more than £ 200,000 for charity in recent years
He said: “Sometimes in life we are faced with hurdles that seem too high to even think about. In times like these, we look outside of ourselves to find inspiration.
‘I believe my goal in life is to help others realize that they are strong, that they can achieve – and no hurdle is too high.
As a recovering quadriplegic, I am a living example that, as impossible as it may seem, you can move forward to a brighter future. I am so excited to see what can be achieved when people realize they can and should dream big ‘.