Colt Brake returns home after 2 month rehab

December 22, 2010 4:19:03 PM PST
Colt Brake --the Rocky Mount football player left paralyzed during a game-- was welcomed home by family, friends and strangers Wednesday evening.The 16-year-old returned to his Rocky Mount house for the first time in more than two months.

Brake was a dedicated baseball and football player until October 8, when he says a tackle snapped his head back.

"The first few seconds I was trying to get up, but I couldn't move," Brake said.

Brake spent a few days at a local hospital before heading to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia for rehab.

During that time, Brake's family, friends and volunteers worked to build chair lifts, ramps and make other adjustments so he would be able to get around the house in his wheelchair.

On Wednesday, they waited with signs and balloons to greet him as he made his way home.

"I've known Colt since he was a baby," Brake's Football Coach Andy Jackson said. "I've known him all his life and it was devastating to us as a team and as me and my family. There's been a lot of prayer for him and I really believe in my heart that's what's going to bring him through."

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