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‘The Challenge’ star Nelson Thomas gets foot amputated after near-fatal DUI crash: ‘Truly blessed’

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“The Challenge” star Nelson Thomas had his right foot amputated this week on the first anniversary of his near-fatal car accident that resulted from him driving while intoxicated.

The MTV personality has been documenting his journey online to serve as cautionary tale for others.

“I’m truly blessed!!!” he wrote Friday over a TikTok video taken just moments after his surgery on March 5.

Nelson Thomas in a hospital bed.
Nelson Thomas shared video of himself from the hospital after his right foot was amputated. TikTok/@mtv_nelson
Nelson Thomas's leg getting wrapped.
He maintained a positive attitude despite the surgery. TikTok/@mtv_nelson
Nelson Thomas's leg in a brace.
“I’m truly blessed!!!” he wrote over the clip. TikTok/@mtv_nelson

Thomas, 35, candidly showed off his amputated leg in the clip as medics wrapped it in bandages.

“I’m already talking to a coach about the [Paralympics] on August 24,” the athlete proudly gushed, as the doctor responded that it would be a “miracle” but that he believed Thomas could do it.

“Oh, I’m ready,” the veteran reality comPetition show contestant responded.

Nelson Thomas in a hospital bed.
Thomas had to get his leg amputated after a car crash. _nelsonthomas/Instagram
Nelson Thomas' foot.
The “Challenge” star’s right foot did not heal properly after the accident.

Thomas wrote in the caption of the clip, “The moment I moved my knee for the first time, witnessing it in person, was truly remarkable.”


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The TV star then shared an update in another TikTok video Friday, writing alongside it, “Im home 😁🧡🙏🏾”

He appeared in good spirits as he joked, “At least they let me keep my good foot, right?”

Nelson Thomas in a wheelchair.
Thomas has been documenting his recovery journey online. _nelsonthomas/Instagram
Nelson Thomas in a hospital bed.
He got into an accident because of drinking and driving.

His mom appeared beside him in the clip and Thomas thanked God for helping him get through it all.

“It was a hard three days,” he admitted. “The first two days I was in a lot of pain. Walking into that hospital, I was very scared, but I had my loved ones with me.”

Thomas then delve into some of the medical advise he was given to make sure he stays healthy, including taking pills, moving his leg around so that it doesn’t get “stiff” and keeping it elevated.

Nelson Thomas.
Thomas said he wants to participate in the Paralympics sometime this year. _nelsonthomas/Instagram
Nelson Thomas.
His doctor said that would be a “miracle.” _nelsonthomas/Instagram

“Trust me, people, it is weird,” he said of how it feels no longer having a right foot. “I still don’t know how i feel but, right now, I’m home and I’m happy and that’s all that matters.”

The reality star concluded, “I’m just going to take it day by day and we’ll see how things go.”

Thomas first revealed in February that he would have to undergo an amputation after months of trying to heal his right foot with other methods — that ultimately were not giving him a good quality of life.

Nelson Thomas on an episode of "The Challenge."
Thomas is known for appearing on MTV’s “The Challenge.” _nelsonthomas/Instagram
Nelson Thomas.
The reality competition series puts contestants through a series of difficult stunts. _nelsonthomas/Instagram

“March 5th 2023 remains vivid in my memory, a persistent presence in my thoughts. I consciously embrace it as the initiation of a new chapter,” he wrote on Instagram at the time.

“Opting for amputation, I am determined to own March 5th and redefine its significance in my life.”


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On March 5, 2023, Thomas lost control of his Audi A4 and slammed into a bridge in Austin, Texas, causing his car to burst into flames.

A few weeks after his fiery crash, he shared gruesome photos from the accident that revealed his vehicle had been burnt to a crisp.

Nelson Thomas' car in flames.
Thomas crashed his car into another vehicle on March 5, 2023.
Nelson Thomas' burnt car.
Thomas was arrested for a DUI as a result of the fiery crash.

The “Are You the One?” star also took an opportunity at the time to thank Minnesota Vikings player K.J. Osborn, who was “on the scene” of the crash, and helped save him from the burning car.

Thomas spent time in the hospital and was seen in photos with an IV in one arm, bandages and an oxygen tube in his nose. However, he did not yet know at the time what his full recovery journey entailed.

Six months after the crash, Thomas was arrested for a DUI, as he had admitted to consuming two to three “mixed alcoholic drinks” when police arrived on the scene. He later posted $5,000 bond.

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