Did Charles Krauthammer Have an Accident?

Did Charles Krauthammer Have an Accident?

Did Charles Krauthammer Have an Accident?

Charles Krauthammer had an accident that left him paralyzed at the age of 22. Diving into a swimming pool, Krauthammer hit his head on the bottom, breaking his cervical vertebrae and severing his spinal cord.

He had skipped classes at Harvard that morning to play tennis with a friend. On their way back, the two stopped by the pool for a quick swim. Krauthammer was hospitalized for 14 months after the accident and has been confined to a wheelchair ever since. He continued his medical studies and graduated with his class, earning his medical degree in 1975. Charles Krauthammer was a Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist, author, political commentator and board-certified psychiatrist. Krauthammer passed away in 2018 from small intestine cancer.