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Date & time Mar 14 '18
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When Layton Schweigert was at a rehabilitation centre in Vancouver recovering from brain surgery that left him paralyzed, the only movie he watched over and over again was Forrest Gump.

Inspired by the film, the 32 year old dairy farmer vowed to beat the odds that he never walk again. His mantra: Run, Forrest, run!

It all began in the spring of 2014 when Schweigert had elective brain surgery to fix seizures he started having in his mid 20s after a vehicle accident. The surgery was a success, but a few days later he suffered chronic pain in his head.

His family took him to hospital, where it was discovered that an infection had spread across his brain. Schweigert had two surgeries, in which doctors removed part of his skull so they could his brain of infection. When he woke up, he was paralyzed on the right side of his body and lost all ability to speak.

After a bout of pneumonia, doctors feared the worst. Yet he pulled through and was transferred to GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, where he spent months in bed.

There he saw the Oscar winning film starring Tom Hanks, and because it resonated with what he was going through, he ended up watching it more than 10 times.

At the time, Schweigert had braces on his legs to help with mobility so, of course, his favourite scene in the movie is when a young Forrest busts out of his braces and runs away from the mean kids.

is such a classic movie. Just watching (Forrest Gump) every day and (Jenny) would say Forrest, run and I seriously just wanted to do that, said Schweigert, who has regained much of his speech, though he speaks slowly and mixes up words occasionally.

An active, hard working farmer his entire life, Schweigert felt trapped, frustrated by his inability to walk. Growing up the wild child of four siblings, his rebellious nature may have landed him in a few scuffles as a teenager, but it would later save his life.

When doctors told his family he may never fully recover his speech or mobility, he was defiant. No one had told him what he couldn do before, and they certainly weren going to now. He couldn convey in words what he was thinking, but in his mind he was determined to not only walk again but to run.

And he did. Place Stadium, some five kilometres away from GF Strong, over the Cambie street bridge and back again. Lions fan, sneaked out of the centre and ran to the stadium, a familiar place where he found comfort in times of great stress.

During one of his as his mother calls them, he went to a restaurant for a pizza. The problem was he had no ability to speak, so it was difficult for him to communicate. Yet somehow, he came running back to GF Strong with a pizza box in hand.

don know why, but I just wanted to eat a pizza, so I ran out and got one, he says, with a chuckle.

The way Schweigert tells his story is warm and humorous, almost making the ordeal he went through sound like a comedy, much like Forrest Gump. But like the film, there is also a lot of sadness, and tears roll as members of his tight knit family recall the knock off quatrefoil necklace van cleef anguish of watching him go through times of pain and confusion.

His mother Wendy Schweigert Murray, father Terry Schweigert, brother John and sisters Anna Maria and Tara all panicked every time he ran off in traffic.

One time, Tara chased after him in flip flops all the way across the bridge to the stadium.

was so scary, said his mother. he a farmer. He wanted to be outdoors and he wasn interested in running on a treadmill. family also worried about him running with more than 50,000 people in the Sun Run because the noise can be alarming for someone who has suffered a brain injury. Though they knew that once the strong willed farmer had his mind set on something, there was no stopping him.

His sister boyfriend Jarvis ran with him in the race, 364 days after waking up in a hospital paralyzed, while family and friends of course shouted Forrest, run! a rainy, blustery day in March at Road End Farm in Abbotsford, Schweigert stops to admire his favourite cow. van cleef and arpels blue necklace knock off The farm, home to more than 400 cows, has been owned and operated by his family for four generations.

His brother John, who also works on the farm, laughs as he describes how Schweigert favourite cow is also the only one that has ever attacked him. Just like his brother, the cow is a fighter.

The rain hammers the shed and seems to be coming in sideways because of the accompanying windstorm. Yet that doesn stop Schweigert from running in the mud for The Sun video camera.

The weather doesn bother him, he says, because running in the rain reminds him that he is alive.

While his mother calls his recovery nothing short of a miracle, Schweigert credits much of it to the running, which he still does knock off van cleef and arpels alhambra necklace every how much is van cleef and arpels clover necklace knock off day on the farm, often for 20 kilometre stretches.

He says during those long runs, he can work out whatever is stressing him out, and his mind is clear and focused on the tasks he wants to accomplish. One of those goals last year was to run the Sun Run.

Sun Run) was awesome. I never stopped. I ran the whole way. It took me 80 minutes. We had to stop a few times. There were 50,000 people so I was very proud that I did that. was also motivated to get his mobility back because he wanted to return to working on the farm.

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