This past summer, freshman Bladen Patton was involved in an ATV accident resulting in a broken ankle and arm. Though it has been a road full of ups and downs for him and his family, Patton remains hopeful for the future.
On his path to recovery, Patton is going to rehab two days a week. His ankle is now fully healed, but his arm is still having some difficulties.
“I am now able to straighten my elbow out and my fingers more. The feeling in my fingers is gradually coming back,” said Patton.
Though doctors have not given him any time frame for his full release, Patton’s goal is to be back playing sports by this spring.
“I plan on returning to play baseball, basketball and football my sophomore year,” said Patton.
Going through something traumatic can be damaging both physically and emotionally, but Patton never lets his head hang.
“Recovery has been a challenge, and it’s really all about staying positive. The biggest challenge of all is definitely not being able to play sports. Before the accident, sports were my life. Staying positive about all of it and not having mental breakdowns is on top of my list for sure. I could’ve very easily given up by now, but that’s not me. I want to get back to doing the things I love,” said Patton.
Even though it may not seem like it at times, Patton has learned a lot from this rough experience.
“I look at life in general quite differently now. I understand that anything can happen so fast and change your life, but I know God always has a plan,” said Patton.
To raise money to help with Patton’s medical bills, “Superman” bracelets were sold. Around $1,000 was raised by this fundraiser.
“It’s good to know people care. I’m glad to have so much support through all of this. I know God has a plan for me, and I’m going to stick to it in the future to get back to my normal lifestyle,” said Patton.
Story by Gracie Walls