Eleven year old Addie Grace Clay is now back to playing multiple sports after being hospitalized a few months ago due to a traumatic brain injury.
Unconscious for five days after falling from a golf cart and hitting her head, Clay woke up on the evening of July 4, which is her grandfather’s birthday. While hospitalized, Addie G. had both parents, Cori Keyes and Robert Clay, by her side the entire time.
For five painfully long days, Keyes feared that her daughter would be brain dead. However, Addie woke up and began to improve quickly from there. She was discharged from the hospital on July 8 and, with her doctor’s blessing, immediately resumed sports.
“She’s a fighter,” Keyes said. “As soon as the doctors released her, she went to cross country practice and ran two miles that night.”
Currently, Addie G. is practicing soccer, she is a member of the swim team where she recently placed fourth in the backstroke at the state meet, and she is running cross country where she will participate in the state cross country on Oct. 25. She also will be playing youth basketball this spring and recently she came in second place in her age group in the Over the River Run on Saturday.
Although Addie is suffering from slight memory loss, she still is an honor roll student at St. Francis Elementary and is happy to be once again healthy and competing in her various sports.
“I’m thankful to still be a part of my teams and be healthy enough to get back to playing most of my sports. I’m thankful for all the answered prayers and to be able to go back to church,” Addie said.