Anthony Purcell lay on the sand, uncomfortably aware of the silence that surrounded him. He was wide awake, and well aware of the fact that he could not move a muscle. It was Feb. 6, 2010, and the 22-year-old had just taken a bad dive into a sandbar in South Beach, Florida, instantly compressing his neck and damaging his vertebrae. He was completely paralyzed, and completely underwater.
After the accident, the Purcells moved to Newport Beach and now commute three times a week to Project Walk in Carlsbad, Calif. Anthony undergoes intensive two hour training sessions that cost $100 an hour and he's been going for almost 2 1/2 years.