DECATUR, Miss. (WTOK) -- About nine months ago, Newton County Elementary School Student Braxton Dean was severely injured in an accident that put his life on hold for a few weeks. Now, less than a year later, the 10-year-old is back on the baseball diamond competing in the Decatur Youth League. He's featured on this week's County Road 11.
Braxton Dean (Photo Source: WTOK-TV)
In September 2017, Braxton Dean was involved in a four-wheeler accident and lost a part of his right leg.
"I was really scared that I wouldn't be learning how to run again, but that came out good," said Dean. "I just thought that I'd never be able to play again."
After spending two weeks at Blair Batson Children's Hospital in Jackson, Braxton returned back to school in a wheelchair, then advanced to crutches, and finally a prosthetic leg back in January. And since that point, he's returned back to the baseball diamond to compete with and against his friends.
"It doesn't stop him. He's still fun to play with and he just doesn't stop," said Grant Keith, a friend of Braxton.
"I kind of felt sorry for him if he was going to get back up and play baseball, but I know he recovered from it and he feels better than ever playing baseball now," said Hayden Amos, another friend of Braxton.
Not only has Braxton return to baseball, his coaches say he's a standout player and an inspiration to a lot those around him.
"He's fortunate he was ten years old and not later in life because it might have set him back more," said Camp Keith, Braxton's youth league coach. "It didn't set him back a bit. It's been fun to be a part of and see him grow and keep going and not sit back at all."
"He epitomizes the idea that you can't quit and you can't give up," said David Burton, Braxton's travel team coach. "If you didn't realize he had the accident and the injury, watching him play, you'd never know the difference."
"I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me," said Dean.
"You might think you're having a rough day but when you're out there watching him play, it's puts things into perspective," said Burton. "It puts you in a different frame of mind."
Braxton Dean of Decatur, turning a near tragedy into triumph..living life to the fullest while inspiring those that come in contact with him.