I feel bad for people whenever I hear about things like that happening to them. But IMO, I would've rather died then be sentenced to a life of parlysis. I mean you can't walk, you can't do anything physical. You can't even go to the bathroom without assistance. Your life consists of being in a wheelchair and watching other people without those injuries either on TV, or wherever you go...while marooned in your wheelchair. True, some of them are lucky, and able to DRAG themselves for about 10 feet at a time using canes and walkers. But for me, that would be far worse than death.
It's kind like when I hear people who were in car wrecks or something and they say things like: "They had to amputate both of my legs, I lost one of my hands, I have 2nd degree burns over 70% percent of my body, One of my eyes was gouged out, I have a ruptured lung, and 4 broken ribs....
But dammit...I'm glad to be alive".
I look at them and say "Why?"