Tetraplegic Steven Webb is elected mayor of Truro – BBC News

Steven Webb has been made mayor of Truro and chose his daughter Kember Webb as mayoress

One night when he was 18, Steven Webb dived into an open air swimming pool and his life changed forever. He hit his head on the bottom of the pool and was paralysed from the neck down. Now aged 48, he has been elected mayor of his home city. This is his journey from rock bottom to a place where he hopes to help others, as told to Miles Davis.

It was a Sunday night, 1 September 1991. I know it was 10:31 because I looked at my watch just before I dived into the pool.

It was an open air pool at Truro School. We were trespassing but we’d done it lots of times before.

I dived in off the top of the wall at the deep end like I had done many times. This time I hit the bottom with my head and a massive shock went through my body.

I tried to swim to the surface but I couldn’t move my arms. I couldn’t swim anywhere. I started to run out of breath and panicked then my friends swam down and pulled me to the surface.

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