April 13, 2013 is a day that Sergey Kutovoy from Archangelsk, Russia will never forget. He was 17 years old at the time and dreamed constantly of a brighter future. Sergey had always been unhappy with his appearance and wanted desperately to lose weight and achieve his dream body. In school he had weighed over 300 pounds and knew that his goal of becoming a hockey player would never come true if he did not get in shape. And like any 17-year-old he also wanted young women to take notice of him. But on this day, as Sergey made his way home lost in his thoughts, something happened that changed his life forever…
Not noticing the danger, Sergey started to cross a road — unfortunately he would never make it to the other side. Suddenly he felt something hit the back of his head and was thrown 30 feet into the post of a street light. “I looked up and saw my leg. It was crushed and had been ripped from my body. At that moment I didn’t feel any pain or fear,” remembers Sergey.
Sergey remained in a coma for a week after the accident. Doctors were not able to save his leg and Sergey had to remain in the hospital for nine months while he recovered: “I ate and ate. I didn’t care what I looked like. I only wanted to survive. I was in bed the whole time and didn’t move at all,” he recalls.
When Sergey finally came home, everyone thought that he would be depressed, but the brave young man surprised everyone. He knew that he still had his whole life ahead of him and wasn’t about to let the loss of a leg stop him from achieving his goals and fulfilling his dreams.
Like most cities in Russia, Archangelsk is not well-equipped for disabled people. Sergey soon noticed that he would need strong muscles if he wanted to get around on his own. It wasn’t possible for him to get to the fitness studio in his wheelchair, so he asked his parents to buy him some equipment so he could work out at home.