‘The Challenge’ Nelson Thomas Delivers Emotional Amputation Update

Nelson Thomas appears on 'The Challenge' | Courtesy of MTV

Nearly a year after his devastating car crash, Nelson Thomas has announced his decision regarding an amputation of his problematic foot.

On March 5, 2023, Nelson’s involvement in a fiery car crash in Austin, Texas changed his life. After being trapped in his crumpled car, Nelson was rescued by NFL player K.J. Osborn and three other passersby. According to TMZ, Nelson reportedly had “bloodshot, glossy eyes.” After initially blaming a swerving car in front of him, the MTV star admitted that he “only had 2-3 mixed alcoholic drinks.” Following an investigation, police officers charged Nelson with a DUI in October 2023. He reportedly had a blood alcohol content of .178.

Nelson sustained serious yet non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the crash. The injuries have created a long and costly medical battle for Nelson, who has undergone several surgeries. But after weighing his options, Nelson has made a permanent decision regarding his health battle.

Nelson Thomas Is ‘At Peace’ Regarding Amputation Decision

In an emotionally charged Instagram post, Nelson Thomas has announced that he will opt for an amputation of his right foot. “March 5, 2023 remains vivid in my memory, a persistent presence in my thoughts,” Thomas wrote in his post. “I consciously embrace it as the initiation of a new chapter. Opting for amputation, I am determined to own March 5 and redefine its significance in my life.”

 

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Attempting to regain control of a date that has haunted him for the past year, Thomas has his eyes set on the anniversary of his crash for the amputation. “Get ready, amputation world! I’m on my way!” he added. “I am scheduled for surgery on March 5, 2024.”

Additionally, Thomas uploaded a slideshow of gruesome pictures throughout his hospital stays. He also included a voiceover speaking about his choice. “I have to ask myself what kind of life I want to live and the quality of life I want to live,” he said. “I think I’m at peace with it and it’s time.”

The Challenge Star Wants To ‘Not Let My Past Define Me’

Despite his problematic year, Thomas has remained open about his ordeal. Shortly after his DUI charge, Thomas posted a short video on Instagram addressing his accident. “These last couple of days been really rough on me with everything coming out,” he said.

Throughout his video, The Challenge star appeared to have dealt with his fair share of mental struggles. “I wish I could address it, but unfortunately, I can’t right now until my court date, but I think at this time and everything that’s been said and what’s going on, this has mentally kind of broke me a lot,” he shared.

Following a brief reprieve from social media, Thomas shared a short post on X in December 2023. “Hello, I’m Nelson Thomas, and on March 5, 2023, my life took a transformative turn,” he wrote. “I’ve reached a point of self-forgiveness, ready to step into the light and not let my past define me. I’ve been granted a second chance, and I’m committed to living it to the fullest.”

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