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Broward lawmaker healing after spinal cord injury took away his ability to walk

Broward County Judge Kal Evans administers the oath of office to newly reelected Democratic state Reps. Shevrin Jones, left, of West Park, and Jared Moskowitz, of Coral Springs, on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. Jones and Moskowitz received excused absences from the Legislature’s organizational session in Tallahassee on Tuesday.

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Broward County Judge Kal Evans administers the oath of office to newly reelected Democratic state Reps. Shevrin Jones, left, of West Park, and Jared Moskowitz, of Coral Springs, on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. Jones and Moskowitz received excused absences from the Legislature’s organizational session in Tallahassee on Tuesday.

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In early October, Shevrin Jones abruptly lost the ability to walk.

The affable 33-year-old state representative from Broward County ruptured part of his lower spinal cord during an accident at the gym, causing a nerve injury that his doctors told him should have left him paralyzed.

After emergency surgery, a follow-up procedure and rigorous physical therapy, Jones not only walked again far sooner than expected — seven weeks later, he walks now with assistance only from a cane.

“I thought there was a point I’d never walk again,” Jones said. “Through my faith, my determination and by the grace of God, I’m much better.”

Jones is still recuperating, not yet cleared by his surgeon to travel. Reluctantly, he had to miss the Legislature’s organizational session on Tuesday for the 2016-18 term. It will be his third in the Florida House representing West Park and surrounding areas that stretch from parts of Miramar and Pembroke Pines to Hollywood and Hallandale Beach.

But Jones — known for his passionate and infectiously friendly personality — is determined to return to his legislative duties as soon as possible, so much so his friends in the Legislature have to remind him to focus on recovery first.

“I’m like, ‘Shev, just rest,’ ” laughed state Rep. Bobby DuBose, D-Fort Lauderdale, who said Jones is still “constantly thinking” about his work waiting for him in Tallahassee.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 2:03pm]

    

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