Getting back up: Native American overcomes physical challenges

Published: Apr. 5, 2018 at 12:17 PM PDT
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Ed Nasewytewa rolled in to the Reno-Sparks Tribal Health Center in August 2017 in a wheelchair. Now, he is walking and exercising using prosthetics.

"If there was a way to walk, I was looking for that reason," Nasewytewa says.

Christian Lee trains with Ed and says he's come a long way in a short amount of tine.

"He's working hard three to five times a week, and it's very motivating to see that," he says.

Another trainer, Tiffany Dean, says Ed is always in a good mood and was ready to work as soon as possible.

"I was shocked at how happy he was because he had just gone through something so traumatic," she says.

The Reno-Sparks Tribal Health Center provides programs designed to help diabetics keep their health under control and help those on the cusp of becoming diabetic.

"They push me and they don't baby me," Nasewytewa says.

Michelle Thomas is a fitness instructor and says he is a walking example to others never to give up.

"Ed's an inspiration for those who think they cannot get back up again and Ed he's been down but he's back up and I don't think, from now on, he'll go back down again."