Actor Jeremy Renner has given his first interview since a life-threatening accident that occurred while clearing snow in front of his home in Lake Tahoe. In a moving and intimate conversation with journalist Diane Sawyer, Renner recounts the moments leading up to the accident, the extent of his injuries, and his remarkable journey to recovery.
The Moment that Changed Everything
Renner was attempting to help his nephew free his car from the snow when a Sno-Cat, a heavy-duty snow vehicle, began to roll towards them. In a split-second decision, Renner pushed his nephew out of harm's way, sacrificing his own safety in the process.
"I'd do it again," Renner tells Sawyer. "You'd do it again?" she asked, incredulous. "Yeah, I'd do it again. 'Cause [the snowplough] was going right at my nephew," Renner replies. The extent of Renner's injuries was nothing short of staggering.
He suffered multiple broken bones, including eight broken ribs in 14 places, broken ankles, legs, shoulder, and eye socket, as well as a collapsed lung and a liver that was pierced by a rib bone. Despite the severity of his injuries, Renner chose to survive.
"I chose to survive. That's not gonna kill me, no way," he says. "I've lost a lot of flesh and bone in this experience, but I've been refueled and refilled with love and titanium."
A Journey Filled with Love and Determination
The interview also showcases Renner's physical therapy, including footage of him using a knee scooter and walking for the first time with the assistance of an anti-gravity treadmill.
Throughout his recovery, Renner has been using social media to keep his fans updated on his progress. When asked about his appearance, Renner replied, "When you look in the mirror, do you see a new face?" Sawyer asked, to which Renner replied, "No, I see a lucky man." Renner's story is a testament to the human spirit and the power of resilience and determination.
Despite the odds, he has overcome incredible adversity and emerged as a survivor, filled with love and a newfound appreciation for life.
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