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  • Seven months after doctors told him he’d never be able to use his legs again, a man stood up and walked out of a rehabilitation center with his two young daughters at his side. Cole Thomas, of Rochelle, Illinois, told “Today” that he shattered a vertebra in a September 2016 car crash. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news “I realized I was hurt very badly,” the 34-year-old father of two said. “I looked down at my legs, and I couldn’t feel them, and I was like, ‘Oh, boy.'” He later learned he shattered his L2 vertebra and had pieces of it embedded in his spinal cord. Doctors told him he was paralyzed from the waist down. >> Read more trending news Determined to walk his young daughters down the aisle someday, Thomas posted a video to Facebook from his hospital bed. “They told me I will never walk again. I’m bound and determined to prove them wrong,” he said in the video. He asked people for help connecting him to resources to help him learn how to walk. A relative reached out with information about the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago. He started therapy just eight days after the accident. After months of hard work and determination, Thomas walked out of the rehabilitation center on Friday with his daughters by his side. “I know I was going to have to give rehab and therapy 110 percent, just like I did my job. I have to walk again no matter what,” Thomas told “Today.” “I have to be the best I could be.”
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  • Wednesday, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter unveiled a plan to create an Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse. He was joined by Sen. AJ Griffin (R-Guthrie) and Rep. Tim Downing (R-Purcell), authors of Senate Concurrent Resolution 12, which would create the commission. It calls for a nine-member commission, which will include the Attorney General as Chair, plus:  A licensed practicing medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy (appointed by the Governor). A pharmacist licensed by the Oklahoma Board of Pharmacy (appointed by the Governor). A member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives (appointed by the House Speaker). A dentist licensed by the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry (appointed by the House Speaker). A member of the Oklahoma State Senate (appointed by the Senate Pro Tem). A registered nurse licensed by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing (appointed by the Senate Pro Tem). In a statement sent to KRMG, General Hunter said “Oklahoma is currently in the midst of an opioid abuse epidemic that is reaching a crisis level. Over the last three years there have been 2,684 reported opioid related deaths in the state. “This commission will chart a path forward by looking at every avenue to save lives.” The Senate Joint Resolution authored by Griffin and Downing says the commission will “study, evaluate, and make recommendations for any changes to state policy, rules, or statutes to better combat opioid abuse in Oklahoma.” Proposed legislation is expected to be presented to Gov. Fallin and legislative leaders by December 1st.