Infection Survivor

Posted Monday --- November 26, 2007

Teen who had potentially deadly staph infection back home

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- A Green Bay teen who had a potentially deadly staph infection is back home after nearly two months in the hospital.

13-year-old DaVonte King landed at Children's Hospital in metro Milwaukee after he got sick following football practice October 1st.

DaVonte had a bacterial infection known as MRSA and was on life support. In order to save him, surgeons had to amputate his left leg.

His Allouez football team, the Buccaneers, rallied around him.

DaVonte thought his dreams of life in the NFL were over. Then he got a visit from a man who had one of his legs amputated and told DaVonte he could still do whatever he wanted.

DaVonte came home in time for Thanksgiving. And, once his leg heals, he'll have a prosthesis.

He says his dreams for the NFL are still alive, with many options possible, including coaching.

AP


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