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Athlete Embarks on New Path After Accident

A three-sport star athlete in high school, Michael was preparing for a high-octane future when a car accident shattered his dreams. Read Transcript


THE TV WAS ON, AND I

HAPPENED TO SEE THIS

BREAKING NEWS STORY ABOUT A

WRECK.

AND I SAID TO MYSELF,

WHOEVER WAS IN THAT WRECK,

THEY DIDN'T MAKE IT.

Reporter: GARY AND

YVONNE HEARD ON THE NEWS

THAT ONE PERSON HAD DIED AND

ANOTHER WAS CRITICALLY

INJURED.

WHAT THEY DIDN'T KNOW ONE OF

THEM WAS THEIR 22-YEAR-OLD

SON.

MICHAEL WAS A KID WHO HAD

A LOT OF GOALS, A LOT OF

DRIVE.

HE STARTED PLAYING FOOTBALL

AT AGE SIX.

HE WAS A SWEET LITTLE KID.

NEVER GAVE ME ANY PROBLEMS.

HE LOVED GOD, AND HE WAS A

CHRISTIAN.

Reporter: MICHAEL MCKAY

WAS A MODEL STUDENT AND

ATHLETE.

A STAR QUARTERBACK AT

CAMPBELL HIGH SCHOOL IN

GEORGIA, AND LATER AT

GARDENER WEBB UNIVERSITY.

MICHAEL HAD A TRYOUT

SCHEDULED WITH A

PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM

IN THE FALL OF 2000.

THAT SUMMER, HE TOOK A JOB

DELIVERING AUTO PARTS.

HE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO

GO PLAY BALL, AND HE WAS ONE

WEEK AWAY.

Reporter: MICHAEL WAS

ON TOP OF THE WORLD.

BUT EVERYTHING CHANGED THE

MORNING OF SEPTEMBER 9th,

2000.

MICHAEL WAS SITTING AT A RED

LIGHT WHEN A B.M.W.

TRAVELLING AT NEARLY

100 MILES PER HOUR HYDRO

PLANED AND HIT HIM HEAD-ON.

MICHAEL'S DELIVERY TRUCK

FLIPPED OVER FIVE TIMES, AND

LANDED ON TOP OF OTHER CAR.

HE WAS RUSHED TO THE

HOSPITAL IN ATLANTA.

MICHAEL HAD BILATERAL

ORBITAL FRACTURES AROUND HIS

EYES, NASAL FRACTURE, JAW

PROBLEMS.

HE HAD CONTUSIONS OF HIS

LIVER, IT REQUIRED A TUBE.

HE WAS ON MECHANICAL

VENTILATION FOR A WHILE.

Reporter: THE HOSPITAL

STAFF CALLED YVONNE TO LET

HER KNOW, BUT FAILED TO

CONVEY EXACTLY HOW DIRE THE

SITUATION WAS.

WHEN I GOT THERE, ONE OF

THE LADIES THAT WORKED WITH

MICHAEL TOLD ME, YOU CAN'T

PICK HIM UP BECAUSE THEY'RE

WORKING ON HIM.

AND I SAID, WHAT DO YOU MEAN

THEY ARE WORKING ON HIM?

AND SHE SAID, YOU DON'T

KNOW?

AND I SAID, NO, I DO NOT

KNOW.

ONE OF THE OTHER NURSES

SAID, HE MIGHT NOT MAKE IT.

Reporter: SEVERAL HOURS

LATER, SHE WAS FINALLY

ALLOWED TO SEE HER SON.

THAT WAS THE LONGEST

HALLWAY THAT I EVER COULD

HAVE WALKED.

HE WAS JUST LAYING THERE.

THE FACIAL SWELLING -- AND

I'M THINKING, WHAT'S GOING

TO HAPPEN TO MY BABY?

MICHAEL HAD BLEEDING AND

HEMORRHAGE DOWN INTO HIS

BASIL GANGLIA, WHICH IS WELL

DOWN INTO THE CENTER OF THE

BRAIN.

MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE THIS

SEVERE OF AN INJURY DO NOT

RECOVER.

I WAS ASKING GOD TO PUT

HIM BACK.

BECAUSE IT WAS JUST LIKE

HUMPTY-DUMPTY, AND THAT'S

WHAT I WAS ASKING, TO HELP

PUT HIM BACK, BACK TO WHERE

HE WAS, OR CLOSE TO WHERE HE

WAS.

Reporter: YVONNE CALLED

HER PASTOR AND FAMILY AND

FRIENDS, WHO SET UP A PRAYER

CHAIN THAT SPREAD ACROSS

SEVERAL STATES.

A CLASSMATE FROM PEE-WEE

BALL, COLLEGE PEOPLE, HIGH

SCHOOL COLLEGE, MY

NEIGHBORHOODS AND FRIENDS,

AND WE HIT 300 OF HIS

FRIENDS AND CLASSMATES TO

SHOW UP.

THEY EVEN THOUGHT HE WAS A

CELEBRITY AT ONE POINT.

ALL OF MY FRIENDS, WE HAD

THIS NETWORK OF PRAYER

PEOPLE JUST PRAYING

CONSTANTLY TO KEEP HIM

HERE.

Reporter: WHILE HIS

MOTHER CONTINUED TO PRAY AT

THE FOOT OF HER SON'S BED,

MICHAEL SLIPPED INTO A

COMA.

THEY TRIED TO CONVINCE ME

TO LET HIM GO, AND I KEPT

TELLING THEM, NO, HE WASN'T

GOING.

THEY DIDN'T KNOW WHO I

KNOW.

AT ONE POINT THE DOCTOR CAME

IN AND LOOKED AT HIM, AND HE

SAID, WELL, MICHAEL IS IN

THERE SOMEWHERE.

Reporter: THE FAMILY

AND FRIENDS CONTINUED THEIR

PRAYER VIGIL AROUND THE

CLOCK.

THEN ONE DAY HIS EYES

FLUTTERED OPEN.

TO ME, THAT WAS ONE OF

THE SIGNS THAT HE WAS GOING

TO MAKE IT.

AS I WAS COMING OUT OF

THE COMA, IT WAS REALLY A

BIG STATE OF CONFUSION.

BECAUSE I ASKED MY FAMILY --

I WAS, LIKE, HOW DID I GET

HERE IN THIS HOSPITAL?

I DIDN'T REALIZE I HAD BEEN

IN AN ACCIDENT.

Reporter: ALTHOUGH IT

WAS A POSITIVE SIGN, MICHAEL

STILL HAD A LONG WAY TO GO.

I WENT THROUGH FIVE AND A

HALF YEARS OF REHAB, AND

THREE YEARS OF PHYSICAL

THERAPY.

IT WAS JUST LIKE HAVING A

CHILD AGAIN.

THEY HAD TO HOIST HIM OUT OF

THE BED BECAUSE HIS WHOLE

LEFT SIDE WAS PARALYZED.

I WOULD BUT A PEN OR PENCIL

IN HIS HAND TO HELP HIM TO

REWRITE ALPHABETS AND

NUMBERS.

Reporter: TODAY,

MICHAEL IS ABOUT 95%

RECOVERED FROM HIS ACCIDENT

AND HAS VERY FEW

LIMITATIONS.

HE IS COACHING MIDDLE SCHOOL

FOOTBALL AND HOPES TO PURSUE

A CAREER IN BROADCASTING.

YOU HAVE TO PUT A FLAME

UNDER IT AND BURN THE

IMPURITIES OUT OF IT.

WHILE YOU'RE GOING THROUGH

IT, HE IS MATURING YOU.

Reporter: RATHER THAN

QUESTIONING GOD OR BEING

BITTER ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE,

MICHAEL IS GRATEFUL TO BE

ALIVE AND HEALTHY AGAIN.

HE SAYS HIS FAITH IS NOW

STRONGER THAN EVER.

JESUS -- HE REALLY IS MY

EVERYTHING.

I PRAY EVERY NIGHT THAT

PEOPLE DON'T SEE ME, BUT

THAT I'M A REFLECTION OF

HIM, AND HE SHINES THROUGH

ME.

I HAVE SEEN A NUMBER OF

CASES, BUT CERTAINLY NONE

THAT HAVE DONE ANY BETTER

THAN THIS GUY.

HE HAS DONE REMARKABLY

WELL.

AS MUCH AS WE COULD GIVE

HIM, WE DID.

BUT THERE WERE OTHER FORCES

THAT I CAN'T EXPLAIN

SCIENTIFICALLY THAT TOOK

CARE OF MICHAEL.

Reporter: MICHAEL AND

HIS FAMILY BELIEVE IT IS NO

MYSTERY.

IT IS A TESTAMENT TO THE

POWER OF PRAYER.

YOU CAN NEVER PRAY

ENOUGH.

JESUS SAYS YOU CAN COME TO

HIM AT ANY TIME, ANY DAY, AT

ALL TIMES.

HE LISTENS TO PRAYERS AND

ANSWERS THEM ACCORDING TO

HIS WILL.

THAT'S A BEAUTIFUL THING,

THAT I'M IN HIS WILL, FOR ME

TO BE ABLE TO RECOVER AS I

DID.

I DON'T CARE WHAT ANY

NAY-SAYERS MIGHT THINK,

PRAYER WORKS.

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