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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 HAPPEN

TO SEE

THIS BREAKING NEWS STORY

ABOUT A WRECK

AND I SAID TO MYSELF, WHOEVER

WAS IN

THAT WRECK, THEY DIDN'T MAKE

IT.

GARY AND -- YVONNE HEARD

THAT

SOMETHING HAD DIED AND THE

OTHER ONE

THEY DIDN'T KNOW WAS THEIR

SON

MICHAEL.

MICHAEL WAS A KID WHO HAD

A LOT OF

GOALS, A LOT OF DRIVE. HE

STARTED

PLAYING FOOTBALL AT AGE 6.

HE WAS A

SWEET LITTLE KID. NEVER GAVE

ME ANY

PROBLEMS. HE LOVED GOD AND

WAS A

CHRISTIAN.

MICHAEL McKAY WAS AN HONOR

STUDENT

AND ATHLETE AT THE UNIVERSITY

OF

GEORGIA. HE STARTED TO PLAY

IN THE

FALL OF 2000. THAT SUMMER HE

WORKED

FOR AUTO PARTS. MICHAEL WAS

ON THE

TOP OF THE WORLD BUT

EVERYTHING

CHANGED. HE WAS ON A LIGHT

WHEN A

VEHICLE HYDROPLANED AND HIT

HIM AND

LANDED ON TOP OF A CAR. HE

WAS

TRANSPORTED TO A HOSPITAL.

MICHAEL HAD BY ORBITAL

FRACTURES

AND LIVER PROBLEMS, CONTUSION

OF HIS

LIVER, DOCTORS CALLED HER

TO LET HER

KNOW.

WHEN I GOT THERE, THEY

TOLD ME YOU

CAN'T PICK HIM UP BECAUSE

THEY ARE

WORKING ON HIM. I SAID WHAT

DEW DO

YOU MEAN THAT THEY ARE

WORKING ON HIM?

SHE SAID YOU DON'T KNOW?

THE OTHER NURSE SAID HE

MAY NOT

MAKE IT.

SOON SHE WAS ALLOWED TO

SEE HIM.

THAT WAS THE LONGEST WALK

TO SEE

HIM. I SAW HIM SWOLLEN AND I

THOUGHT

WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO MY

BABY.

MICHAEL HAD BLEEDING TO

HIS CENTRAL

PART OF THE BRAIN. MANY

PEOPLE WHO

HAVE THIS TYPE OF INJURY DO

NOT

RECOVER.

I WAS ASKING GOD TO PUT

HIM BACK

BECAUSE IT WAS JUST LIKE

HUMPTY-DUMPTY

TO PLEASE HELP PUT HIM BACK

CLOSE TO

WHERE HE WAS.

YVONNE CALLED HER PASTOR

AND THEY

STARTED A PRAYER CHAIN THAT

SPREAD

ACROSS SEVERAL STATES.

FROM THE HIGH SCHOOL,

COLLEGE

PEOPLE, THE NEIGHBORS, MY

FRIENDS AND

WE HAD HIT 300 OF HIS FRIENDS

AND

STUDENTS AND CLASSMATES TO

SHOW UP.

THEY EVEN THOUGHT HE WAS A

CELEBRITY

AT ONE POINT. ALL OF MY

FRIENDS WE

HAD A NETWORK OF PEOPLE JUST

PRAYING

CONSTANTLY TO KEEP HIM HERE.

WHILE HIS MOTHER CONTINUED

TO PRAY

AT THE FOOT OF HER SON'S BED,

MICHAEL

SLIPPED INTO A COMA.

THEY KEPT TELLING ME TO

LET HIM GO

AND I COULDN'T DO THAT. AT

ONE POINT

THE DOCTOR CAME IN AND LOOKED

AT HIM

AND SAID, WELL MICHAEL IS IN

THERE

SOMEWHERE.

THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS

CONTINUED

THEIR PRAYER VIGIL

AROUND-THE-CLOCK

AND THEN ONE 1 DAY MICHAEL'S

EYES

FLUTTERED OPEN.

THAT TOLD ME HE WAS GOING

TO MAKE

IT.

AS I WAS COMING OUT OF A

COMA, IT

WAS A BIG STATE OF CONFUSION.

BECAUSE

I ASKED MY FAMILY, HOW DID I

GET HERE

IN THE HOSPITAL. I DIDN'T

REALIZE I

HAD BEEN IN AN ACCIDENT.

ALTHOUGH IT WAS A POSITIVE

SIGN,

MICHAEL HAD A LONG WAY TO GO.

I WENT THROUGH FIVE 5

YEARS OF

REHAB AND THREE 3 YEARS OF

PHYSICAL

THERAPY.

IT WAS LIKE HAVING A CHILD

AGAIN.

THEY HAD TO HOIST HIM UP THE

BED

BECAUSE HE WAS PARALYZED. I

HAD TO

TEACH HIM TO WRITE ALPHABET

AND

NUMBERS.

TODAY MICHAEL IS AROUND 95

PERCENT

RECOVERED FROM HIS ACCIDENT

AND WITH

VERY FEW LIMITATIONS. HE

HOPES TO

PURSUE IN BROADCASTING.

I FEEL THAT WAS GOD'S TIME

OF

PUTTING ME UNDER THE FLAME

BURNING

THOSE IMPURITY -- OUT OF ME.

MICHAEL IS GRATEFUL FOR

BEING ALIVE.

I PRAY EVERY NIGHT AND I'M

A

REFLECTION OF HIM. HE SHINES

THROUGH

ME.

I HAVE SEEN A NUMBER OF

CASES AS

SEVERE AS HIS BUT NONE WHO

HAVE DONE

BETTER THAN HIM. AS MUCH AS

WE GAVE

HIM, WE DID. I CAN'T EXPLAIN

THE

FORCES THAT TOOK CARE OF

MICHAEL.

IT'S NO MYSTERY. IT'S A

TESTAMENT

TO THE POWER OF PRAYER.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT JESUS IS

YOU CAN

COME TO HIM ANYTIME, ANY DAY

AT ALL

TIMES. HE ANSWERS TO

PRAYERS. HE DID

THAT TO ME. HE HELPED ME

RECOVER. I

DON'T CARE WHAT ANY NAY

SAYERS DO.

PRAYER WORKS.

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