Valley high schooler recovering from accident on basketball courtPosted: Updated:
CHANDLER, Ariz. -- A Valley high school junior with hopes of playing college basketball is recovering from a freak accident on the court.
He broke both of his legs during a play. Tuesday night, he had to cheer on his team from the sidelines.
Although Devin Kirby would much rather be on the court with his teammates, he’ll just have to wait.
“DK” tells 3TV it’ll be several weeks before he can even move his legs.
“I haven’t moved at all. I have to be like this for 6 weeks, flat-out, extended,” explained Kirby.
On December 30, during a championship game, Kirby was about to catch the ball to score when: “I got pushed from the back,” he said. “I felt someone shove me a little bit from the back, and I fell on both knees; I felt pain instantly.”
He couldn’t move, and that’s when he realized something was very wrong with both of his legs.
“He had broken both legs and dislocated both knees,” said Mike Grothaus, Basha High School's boys basketball head coach.
“I got on the floor with him, tried to comfort him. He was distraught,” said the teen’s mother, Michelle.
“Just a rush of emotions going through me,” said Kirby.
He was taken to the hospital while his team finished the game, and afterward, they brought him the championship trophy.
It was a game they told coach Grothaus they wanted to finish for “DK.”
“Right after the game that was our first concern. How are we going to get over to him and be able to see him?” said the coach.
Since then his teammates and family have been by his side him encouraging him to get over this bump in the road.
“If I didn’t have the support that I have , I’d be down in the dumps and depressed right now, but I have people telling me, ‘you’re going to be okay you can come back from this,'” said Kirby.
“We’re going to make it through this,” said his mom.
His single mother has had to take time off of work to take care of him while the medical bills have been piling up. Medical costs are over $50,000 so far.
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Kirby said this injury is not career-ending. He expects to be playing with his team his senior year.
Until then he’ll be cheering them on, from the sidelines.