VIDEO | Boyle Column: Paul Endry Retains Optimism Despite Accident, Paralysis

Aug 16, 2018 12:50 PM ET
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Originally published on the Asheville Citizen Times website

by John Boyle, Asheville Citizen Times

On April 2, 2017, Endry, an optometrist in Asheville for over three decades, had his own encounter with a life-altering accident, one that also left him mostly paralyzed from the shoulders down. Tuesday was the first time since his accident that Endry has driven a car — the SAM car is operated solely by head movements, with puffs or sips of air controlling acceleration and braking, and head turns tracked by special glasses steering the vehicle.

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