CREATED Jul. 23, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A miracle recently walked right in to the Children's Hospital of Nevada at University Medical Center.
broke his neck in 4 places. But he is the first quadriplegic to ever fully recover, "The prognosis was that I only had 72 hours to live."
You have to study Rummerfield's gait to notice the slight limp. It's the only indicator his body was broken in a car accident.
"After the accident I remember being in rehab and they put me back to bed. Still paralyzed from the neck down. I am daydreaming about racing cars and my big toe moved. Then it took 17 years to get to where I am today."
Now he's bringing hope to millions of people, from accident victims to cancer patients.
Rummerfield travels the country visiting hospitals like UMC here in Las Vegas, inspiring patients to never give up.
"I know what it's like laying there with all these doubts. Especially late at night when you're wondering what the future has in store for you."
No one could've imagined his future would hold 39 world records from an Ironman to a land speed record to a 155-mile foot race through the Gobi Desert in China.
"I started doing triathlons and athletic fundraising endeavors to raise money for paralysis research."
Rummerfield is a real life superman, especially to the kids he visits. Kids like Elise who survived a head on crash but remains in bad shape.
"It gives me hope that I will be able to be back to normal and have my normal life back again."
Rummerfield's message in this: "Never give up. Never give in. With that iron will, you will always win."
Patrick said he may be the first quadriplegic to fully recover, but he won't be the last.
Doctors are having success with activity-based restoration therapy, known as ABRT. It is the same therapy doctors used on him.