It has been 8 months since Orlando police officer William Anderson was run down by a vehicle and nearly killed. Although he had been making steady progress in his recovery since then, he is now facing a setback.
Officer Anderson will now have to face spinal cord surgery as his condition began to deteriorate recently. He was airlifted to a hospital in Gainesville for the procedure.
Orlando Police Chief John Mina said, "He's just not getting any better. He's having trouble moving around, and it seems that there damage to his spinal cord."
Officer Anderson's injuries are a reminder of just how dangerous police work can be and how varied the threats facing an on-duty police officer are.
Just months ago, Officer Anderson said of his injuries, "I am no longer able to do the things I once enjoyed. I suffer from severe spinal, head, neck and back pain on a daily basis. I also have tremors in my hands and abnormal body movements caused by the injury to my brain."
The suspect who ran over Officer Anderson, Edward Kelty, is still in custody on charges of attempted murder of a police officer.