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Collegiate Volleyball Player Loses Leg, Still Hopes To Play

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by Nick Beres

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. - Elite athletes often face hurdles to success, but how do you overcome the loss of a leg? For Courtney Baker of Hopkinsville the answer is hard work and technology.

Baker went to high school in Hopkinsville and earned a scholarship to play volleyball at Asbury University outside Louisville. 

This past December she was driving home for the holidays when she fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed. 

Her left leg was crushed and the first question she asked was, "Am I ever going to be able to play volleyball again?"

The answer depended on a very difficult decision. Doctors told her they might be able to save the leg, but it would never be normal again, or she could choose to have it amputated and try to play volleyball with a prosthesis.

"I knew if I wanted to get back to life I'd have to amputate," said Baker.  And that's what she did.

Five months later, she's made amazing progress and is determined to rejoin her collegiate team.

"She's shown me a lot of inner faith I didn't know was there," said Laura Baker of her daughter.

Baker is now learning how to walk and play sports wearing a prosthetic blade similar to the ones worn by sprinters who have lost legs.

"Different muscles have to take over. Courtney will have to use her hip because she doesn't have an ankle," said Mardys Hewgley who is her physical therapist.

Courtney is already back on the volleyball court adjusting to her knew leg, and she fully expects to be back on the court next season.


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