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Ex-high school athlete looks ahead after accident

Associated Press Published: November 22, 2012
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THREE RIVERS, Mich. (AP) — A 17-year-old southwestern Michigan boy was once a promising high school football player before his life was overturned by a paralyzing dive into a pool.

Now, he's back at Three Rivers High School after 116 days at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and planning for college and beyond.

Chandler McBride tells the Detroit Free Press () he's thankful for the support he's received for the rescuer who saved him from drowning after the accident, the hundreds of people who helped make his house handicap accessible and the Mott doctors and nurses who treated him for 3½ months.

McBride was injured at a friend's pool party June 16. He's paralyzed from the chest down, with some movement in his arms but not his fingers.

He returned to high school Nov. 5.


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