Stillwater man finds ways to overcome paralysis after accident

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David Kott of Stillwater operates a the “Wheelchair Reacher” he designed to help him reach items while seated in his wheelchair. (Photo by Lindsey Slattery)

David Kott of Stillwater operates a the “Wheelchair Reacher” he designed to help him reach items while seated in his wheelchair. (Photo by Lindsey Slattery)

When Stillwater’s David Kott was injured in a motocross bike accident more than 10 years ago, his life was forever changed. His neck injury left him paralyzed from his waist down, and limited his ability to use his hands like he did before.

Everything changed.

Kott didn’t let that defeat him — he chose to keep trying new things, be inspired and pursue what makes him happy.

“It’s a radically different life,” Kott explained.

After the accident, Kott spent time in rehabilitation, and once he was settled back at home he was forced to take a hard look at what he would do next. He considered all his interests and how he would need to adapt.

“It’s been a long road trying to figure out what to do after the accident,” Kott explained.

His passion for craftsmanship led Kott to build a shop in his own garage, starting with some essentials.

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