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Glendale teen paralyzed after freak beach accident


A Glendale teen is paralyzed from the waist down after a freak accident at a beach in Hawaii. It happened while the boy was vacationing with his family.

"I kind of leaned back in my beach chair and relaxed, and when I opened my eyes I see a crowd of people gathered and I see the rest of my family gathered," said Dorothy Spartz.

They were gathered around her son, 17-year old Alex Spartz, who had been doing flips in the waves with his sisters.

"Alex went in again for one, and the wave was coming, the wave was coming, and the wave stopped short and he did the flip and basically went head first into the sand," said Dorothy Spartz.

"I was in shock. He's my most cautious kid. I'm worried about the other two who are the daredevils," said Dorothy Spartz.

Alex Spartz is still in a Hospital in Hawaii with his father at his side. He'll be flown by air ambulance back to Phoenix where he will transfer to Saint Joseph's Hospital.

"His attitude is just amazing. He's so positive," said Dorothy Spartz.

Alex Spartz is a senior at Mountain Ridge High School and is the captain of his varsity swim team.

Dorothy Spartz says it's too soon to tell if he'll fully recover, but hopes next spring he'll walk across the stage at graduation.

A website has been set up to help pay for Spartz' medical bills at

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