Mujihad was sitting in the passenger seat of a car when it lost control and struck a tree, making it blow up on impact.

unnamedThe 33-year-old from Medford, Massachusetts was trapped in the blazing vehicle for over an hour.

After being freed, he was rushed to Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. He sustained 4th-degree burns to his legs and left hand – all requiring some form of amputation.

Initially when I found out the extent of my injuries, I questioned whether I was happy to be alive
The lifelong athlete who just lost his legs didn’t think that he would have the ability to compete again: “At the time, sports were a huge part of my life and identity,” he says, “I had been a division 1 scholarship football player and an all-American high school basketball player, so you can imagine the mental crisis I was going through, having just lost both of my legs.”

20 surgeries later, ranging from amputations to skin graphs, Mujahid now hopes to compete in the 2016 USA Paralympic Team in Rio: “My hope is to someday make the thought of having prosthetic legs seem cool,” he says.

The former University of New Hampshire football star is now an AK (above-knee) BK (below-knee) bilateral leg amputee and has a partial left-hand amputation, but he doesn’t let that stop him in his tracks.  His natural athletic ability caught the eyes of coaches in attendance at a recent Paralympic track and field clinic in Louisville Kentucky.

“He’s fast!” said Matt Albuquerque, president and owner of Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics and Karim’s lead sponsor, “Muji started improving quickly and one day he said that he wanted to run. We fit him with custom running legs and he started working very hard.”

It’s ok to have a bad day, it’s ok to have two bad days, but don’t have a bad week.

The incident that happened in 2011 left Mujihad with 31% burns to his body, but he believes that disability shouldn’t hold anyone back: “The human spirit has more power healing power than the best doctors or most effective medication.”

The inspirational speaker and aspiring paralympic says, “I could have and probably should have died that night of my accident. I value every day more than ever.”

Watch Mujahid in training below:

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