Travis Pastrana's name is legendary in the world of the X-Games, motocross, and racing. While the trailblazer has taken the sports he loves to new heights, he's still human, and he's suffered for it along the way. Perhaps his worst injury ever occurred when he was just a teen. He had a terrible stroke of luck one day when practicing to nail a 120-foot jump. Unfortunately for Pastrana, the failure of this trick led to one of the most gnarly injuries a person can possibly bring upon themselves. Pastrana dislocated his spine from his pelvis — an injury that reportedly only 3 people in recorded history have ever incurred, two of which became paralyzed.
Pastrana was in the other category, actually being able to walk again despite basically dying. In an interview with Coach, Pastrana shared the story of this intense, grueling experience: "I was in a wheelchair for five months and I bled out over half my body's blood in the first week so I had to have multiple blood transfusions to stay alive." You read that right: half his blood. He learned to walk again, against all odds, and got back into riding as soon as possible, against all human logic.
Though that kind of a spinal injury would certainly be enough pain for one lifetime, Pastrana would endure many more. In fact, the daredevil has had more near-death accidents than the average person has pants. When preparing for X-Games IX in 2003, Pastrana sustained such a serious knee injury, doctors told him he would bleed to death in half an hour if he merely stepped on it the wrong way. And that's not all. That same year, he and some friends were driving so far over the speed limit that their car crashed, flipped upside down, and ejected Pastrana from his seat. Pastrana miraculously survived, but his friend in the passenger's seat, Matthew Bigos, was left unable to walk.
Despite all of this, Pastrana has continued to put himself in death's clutches for years, narrowly escaping with rewards of fame and accomplishment.