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“The Challenge” star Nelson Thomas to get foot amputation 1 year after car accident

The reality TV star was involved in a fiery crash in March 2023.

The Challenge star Nelson Thomas has made the decision to get his foot amputated following injuries sustained during a serious car crash in 2023.

The reality TV star shared the update Sunday on social media, noting that he's undergone multiple procedures on his ankle that have not been successful. Thomas' surgery is scheduled for March 5, the same date as his 2023 accident.

The date "remains vivid in my memory, a persistent presence in my thoughts," Thomas wrote alongside a post that features graphic photos of his injury, as well as a recording of his conversation with his doctor. "I consciously embrace it as the initiation of a new chapter. Opting for amputation, I am determined to own March 5th and redefine its significance in my life."

Of his decision to undergo the procedure, Thomas can be heard saying to his doctor, "I have to ask myself what kind of life I want to live and the quality of life I want to live. I think I'm at peace with it and it's time."

MTV Nelson Thomas
MTV Nelson Thomas

Thomas was involved in a major car accident in March 2023 in Austin. Minnesota Vikings wide receiver K.J. Osborn and three other good Samaritans who stumbled upon the scene helped pull Thomas out from the burning vehicle.

It was later revealed that Thomas was driving under the influence, stirring up controversy since the reality star had started a GoFundMe campaign and omitted that fact. Thomas has since apologized and taken accountability for the crash.

"Words can't explain how grateful I am to be alive," Thomas said in a social media post after the ordeal. "God is truly great, and he has you in his hands no matter who you are. I'm in high spirits and getting stronger. This will be a long road to recovery but to my fans, friends, and family please keep me in your prayers."

Thomas made his The Challenge debut in 2016 during season 28, appearing sporadically throughout until season 38. He also appeared on The Challenge: Untold History and The Challenge: World Championship. Other reality TV credits include Are You the One? and Ex on the Beach.

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