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Fletcher Student Hit by Car Making Miraculous Recovery

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- He was hit by a car that left him in critical condition and was then put into a medically induced coma.

Four months later Fletcher High School point guard Alan Conerly is 60% recovered.

Some call his rapid progress a miracle.

When Conerly finally woke up from his coma weeks after the accident in March, he couldn't talk or move.

His doctors didn't know if he'd ever be the same.

"I prayed for a miracle," said Alan's mother, Anita Conerly. "And it looks like that's what I'm going to get."

Conerly was hit by a car in March while riding his scooter to school.

A 47-year-old female driver was turning into a gas station parking lot in the 1600 block of Penman Drive when she hit Conerly, according to police.

The athlete was airlifted to Shands with critical injuries and place in a medically-induced coma.

When Alan woke up, he didn't know what happened, or how long he's been gone.

"It felt like forever," Alan said, carefully thinking through each word.

He came to Brooks Rehabilitation Center when he was discharged from Shands. But his therapists said during his first visit to Brooks, he had minimal responses and wasn't engaging. So his family took him home.

"They really had a lot of hope and faith that he was in there," explained Nicole Morfis, an occupational therapist at Brooks.

While Anita went back to work, Alan's older brothers stepped in. Antwoin came home from school in Chicago and Aubrey left Finland, where he was playing with a professional basketball team.

Working with Alan at home, Antwoin got him talking and Aubrey got him walking.

Last week, Alan checked back into Brooks, where the therapists witnessed his incredible progress.

I asked Alan how excited he was the first time he stood up by himself.

"So exciting I could not control myself!" he told me, grinning.

One step at a time, his big brothers are showing Alan he can walk again.

"It's really challenging," Alan said slowly, "but that only makes me work harder."

"I think the biggest reason for his progress is that we just don't accept he can't do things," explained Aubrey. "We try to convince him that he can do them."

Alan admitted to me, sometimes he cries. But, he said, "Without my brothers I would not be here now."

Through every step and every word, Alan's brothers and the folks at Brooks said they are going to keep pushing to get Alan stronger every day.


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