Paraplegic Veteran Survives After Parachutes Fail to Open While Skydiving in Wheelchair

Michael Vasquez is thankful to be alive.

A veteran who lost the use of his legs in 2009 after being wounded in the Middle East, Vasquez found himself in a scary situation earlier this month while skydiving, according to CBS station KTVT.

During the jump, his main parachute got tangled in his wheelchair, while his reserve parachute did not release at all.

“I honestly thought I was going to die,” he told ABC station WFAA from the hospital.

Fortunately, the semi-inflated parachute was able to soften his landing and slow down his speed.

It saved my life,” he said in an interview with Medical City McKinney, where he was diagnosed with a fractured femur as well as multiple spinal fractures.

Vasquez is currently on the road to recovery and doctors remain positive that he will be able to return to his active lifestyle within a few months.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Maria Pasquini