Sorry to hear it. And for the record I am sure we have all done things in our youth that were reckless, just not all of us had to pay the price.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that alcohol was most likely involved.
It's a wonder any of us survived.
A man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.
This is just god's way of cleaning up the gene pool.
Have another beer!