Friday, October 18 2013, 07:11 PM EDT
Injured Football Player's Miraculous Recovery
Cameron Heard was walking the halls of Northwest Whitfield High School today.
But last night, a helicopter flew him to Children's Hospital when a tackle in his junior varsity football game went wrong... and left him with no feeling in his body.
"When I hit one of the kids, I hit him with the top of my head, which Coach told me not to do, but I did it anyway," said Cameron.
That dangerous move knocked Cameron to the ground.
In addition to a twisted ankle, he lost all feeling in his entire body. Coach Josh Robinson was the first one on the field.
"He told me, 'Coach Robinson, I made a mistake you always tell us about. I dropped my head.'"
His mom, a registered nurse, was soon behind him and took pictures.
Cameron says it didn't take long for the feeling to return to his body, allowing his mother and Coach Robinson to breathe sighs of relief.
"I started feeling better, still a little worried, but as he started gaining feeling back and could move, he started laughing and joking like he always does, that's the kind of kid he is," said Robinson.
But what happened next was unbelievable.
"The ambulance got there and put me on a stretcher, they told me they're going to get a helicopter and I'll be airlifted to Thompson. It was pretty mind-blowing. I was pretty scared."
Though he didn't think it was a big deal, the chance of a spinal injury was too dangerous to risk.
Once he was at the hospital, they did a CT scan. He sustained a neck injury near his spine. Otherwise, he checked out fine, and he was released from the hospital around midnight.
Though he's sore today... he's even more thankful.
At this point, Cameron doesn't know if he will be able to play football again. He hopes he'll be able to, because there is "nothing like Friday night lights."
By: Kelsey Bagwell