Siloam Springs Teen Takes The Field After Life-Threatening Crash

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SILOAM SPRINGS (KFSM)- A Siloam Springs football player is back at home and still recovering from a brain injury caused by a horrific car crash months ago that nearly killed him.

Clayton Walker, 14, took the Siloam Springs football field Thursday (Sept 25) for the first time since before that March wreck in Florida.

"Just watching him, you know, doing everything we were told he wasn't going to do,” Walker’s mother Taissia Holmes said.

As Walker took the field, he was announced as the captain for the freshman team during Siloam Springs' game Thursday night against Lakeside . Walker did not play in the game, but remembered his own time with his teammates before the crash.

"He played safety and wide receiver," Holmes said.

Holmes said on March 26 near Pensacola, Fla., a 75-mile-per hour collision changed the teenager's life.

"We were in a car wreck and we did hit an 18-wheeler,” Holmes said. “Clay got a head injury. He was in a coma for a week and a half, and they told us on the sixth day that we needed to start making arraignments, that he wasn't going to pull through."

Nearly two weeks later, Walker woke up.

"The doctor said it would take an act of God for him to recover, were his exact words," Holmes said.

Three hospitals later, Walker beat the odds.

"I'm just lucky that he's able to be home and get that opportunity and get his life back on track," Walker's sister Alexis Walker said.

His family said he can walk with assistance and say a few words. He will undergo oxygen therapy in Siloam Springs and continue to recover from the collision.


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