Overcoming all obstacles: Ilay Chayot receives certificate of excellence

An unnecessary accident left Chayot paralyzed from the waist down - and yet he continues to show nothing can stand in his way.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

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During a routine drill back in 2018, IDF soldier Ilay Chayot was coerced by his commanders into jumping off the roof of an army vehicle as part of a Maglan special unit tradition. By doing so Chayot severely damaged his spine, and he has been unable to use his legs ever since.

Chayot, previously a distinguished athlete, has overcome many documented physical and mental barriers following the accident. On Sunday Chayot made yet another great stride as he received a certificate of excellence from Ono Academic College, where he is currently concluding his studies for a B.A. in Education Sciences and Society.

In a heartfelt post, Chayot explained what the achievement means to him.

"I began my studies two years ago, paralyzed from the neck down," he wrote. "I had no idea what I was going to do. In my studies, just like in everything else I do in life, I give it my all and try to be the best I can be."

Chayot thanked his lecturers and the many people he has met along the way, who are all helping him achieve this feat. Chayot concluded by saying that he looks forward to begin studying for his M.B.A.