Sean Carter: Brings Wisdom in His Silence 2/20/13
CBS 7 News
February 20, 2013
ODESSA- In 2005, Sean Carter was a business major at Midwestern University.
He was a model, a student and athlete.
But almost eight years ago, Sean went out to drink with friends.
When he was ready to leave, he got into a car with a friend who had also been drinking.
His friend lost control of his car and slammed into a tree on the side where Sean was sitting.
The accident left Sean unharmed mentally, but physically no longer able to talk or walk.
Now, Sean speaks through a computer.
“Maybe I’m used to it, but at first I fought the devil with suicide,” he said. “Here I am, a prisoner of my own body.”
But with a mother’s commitment, Jenny Carter and her son turned their tragedy into a message: to use his injury and experience as an example to others and stop the poor decisions we can make.
“We want to put a face on that consequence,” said Jenny. “Yes, it can happen to you and this is what can happen.”
Sean’s message has resonated with many. His smile and quick-wit has captured thousands.
And has brought a stark reality to those that listen.
“Those kinds of moments are special,” said Jenny. “To think-- he had to suffer to some way touch lives.”
Through suffering came a new journey.
Their foundation, When Sean Speaks, brings light to those living with brain injuries and sends the message of choices and its consequences.
He says happiness is a choice and despite his challenges, he is happy to be alive.
“I dream of having a job. I dream of falling love, getting married, and having kids,” said Sean.
But even beyond his dreams, he says he will walk and talk again.
And even though he was a model eight years ago, today he is a role model.
Sean is the face of drunk driving for the Texas Department of Transportation Campaign.
For more information on Sean's foundation, visit: whenseanspeaks.com