Nick Ball knows his son, Kaleb, a freshman wrestler at Northwest, is fortunate.
Kaleb Ball was injured while wrestling in the City League meet on Feb. 12 and could have been completely paralyzed.
Ball, who has had three surgeries and suffered a stroke, still has no mobility in his left arm. He can walk with help, but his left leg doesn't have complete coordination yet.
"It's so sad that it happened to Kaleb," his father said. "He was a special one. It doesn't mean that he won't still be able to do things, but he plays the guitar, and he needs his left hand.
"I think it's all really starting to set in. He's depressed right now. His mobility isn't getting any better."
Initially, doctors did not tell Ball that he couldn't wrestle, and he was hopeful, his father said.
"Now he's watched kids he beat make it to state," Nick Ball said."... He wants to be a doctor. He was trying to do all this to get a scholarship, thinking he could get a sports and academic scholarship. He knew I never could afford it, that's why he worked so hard for it."
Kaleb Ball is home now, but is in rehabilitation at Our Lady of Lourdes, the Via Christi Rehabilitation Center, Nick Ball said. He expects his son to be able to return to Northwest in three weeks, but said Kaleb, a straight-A student, still gets dizzy when he tries to read.