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High school senior, 17-year-old Matt Sorisho was skating on the ice towards his future of playing in the next level of hockey one second; the next, his future forever changed when he crashed into the boards of the hockey rink on October 4th. The full story, here. Now living with paralysis from the waist down, Matt and his family have new goals ahead of them.
If there’s a typical hospital room, Matt Sorisho’s isn’t it. The well wishes for the 17-year-old cover every walls, hockey sticks and jerseys. And then there’s the giant cardboard cutout of ESPN’s Chris Berman, a friend brought that to make Matt laugh. He’s a devout ESPN watcher.
Laughing isn’t always easy these days though. I visited with Matt last Friday, just three weeks after his life was turned upside down.
The senior at Novi's Detroit Catholic Central High School was playing with a Michigan all star team October 4th when he was going full speed down the ice, took a shot, and a clean hit, lost balance and slammed into the boards. His mom and dad saw it happen.
“Did you know that something was seriously wrong from the beginning,” I asked them.
“Immediately, I knew he broke his back,” his dad Jim Sorisho said. “Immediately, he screamed 'my legs.' I was right there, I heard him scream 'I can’t move my legs.' I knew how hard he hit the boards that his back was broken.”
Read more about Matt's determination, watch the video.
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