HOUSTON (FOX 26) - His injuries range from a fractured wrist to a broken elbow and an amputated leg. He's a kids basketball coach and was just about to start a new job. But then came the motorcycle accident. To this day, what caused it still remains a mystery.
Less than three weeks ago, 31-year-old Jerald Scott was headed home on his motorcycle from a night out with friends.
While riding at nearly 70 miles per hour on the highway near 59 and 288, Scott said he somehow swerved and hit the side rail. His bike went in one direction and his body, in the other. Scott said he landed in a tall, grassy area and laid there for nearly two hours-- bleeding profusely and screaming for help.
"I lost about 90% of the blood in my body, or close to it. So I had to do a massive transfusion. My injuries are that I lost my right leg. I have about an eight to 10-inch rod in my elbow with eight screws and I have a fracture in my right wrist," Scott said.
Doctors had to amputate his leg above the knee. But even after losing that much blood, Scott miraculously had no cognitive issues.
"There was no head trauma. My mom actually has my helmet. She said it's perfectly fine. No internal injuries," Scott said.
Although the adjustment to his new body hasn't been easy, this basketball coach is determined to get a prosthetic leg and get back on the court. His believes his purpose is now to show his kids that nothing is impossible.
"I have phantom pains in a leg that's not there," Scott said.
"I can sit here every day and be sad about it. But at the end of the day, that's just going to make me miserable. It's going to make things worse. It's going to make the recovery slower," Scott continued.
Periodically, Scott said flashbacks of the accident come back to him as a reminder of how lucky he is to be alive.
"Family and friends could be going to a funeral right now, so there's no point in me being sad. I'm here. So what if i have one less leg? I'll get another one eventually," Scott said.
Scott said he blacked out moments before the accident and doesn't recall what exactly may have caused him to swerve in the first place.
Scott said he's been riding motorcycles for more than six years and has had five different bikes. Before this, he'd never been in any accidents.