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Man warned he may ‘never walk again’ after a freak accident makes a miracle recovery and is hailed as a ‘real-life Rocky’ by Sylvester Stallone

A quadriplegic man who was told he may “never walk again” has been hailed by actor Sylvester Stallone as a “real-life Rocky” after he made a miraculous recovery to climb the 72 famous steps from the blockbuster film.

After celebrating the start of 2021 at a New Year’s Eve party, Chase Friedman, 26, slipped in his friend’s bathroom, crashed head-first into the sink and lost all feeling below his shoulders in the freak accident.

The former talent manager from Los Angeles, California, USA was warned he would spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair, but he set himself three laddish rehabilitation goals – to move his hand so he could flip the finger, regain the use of his legs so he could “kick my mate in the balls”, and ultimately climb the Rocky steps.

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