IndyCar driver Robert Wickens says he’s paraplegic after August crash at Pocono

IndyCar driver Robert Wickens confirmed through a post on his Instagram account Thursday that he is a paraplegic after his Aug. 19 crash at Pocono Raceway. 

On Friday, Wickens clarified his Thursday announcement, writing on Twitter that he didn't think people fully understood what the word "paraplegic" meant.

"People may not be paraplegics forever," his statement read, also specifying he's paralyzed from the chest down with an injury level of T4.

"Since my spinal cord injury was 'incomplete,' the nerves may be able to find a way back to my legs. Incomplete means the spinal cord was not severed, it was only bruised. In months time the swelling will go down and we will learn more on how much nerve regeneration happens."

The crash left Wickens' car a flaming wreck as it spun into a wall and went spiraling into the air. He had surgery on his hands and legs in September. In August, titanium rods and screws were placed in Wickens' spine during surgery to stabilize a thoracic spinal fracture.

Wickens acknowledged in his Instagram post that there is still confusion around his injury because he had only been posting videos of small movement in his legs, stating that he's working to spark the nerves in his legs. But he is "far away from walking on my own."

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