High Schooler Returns To Football After Leg Amputation

Mark-Potts by Mark-Potts on Sep. 07, 2013

I once slightly sprained my ankle and had to stop playing baseball for a few days. I didn't even think about being wuss until I heard about 16-year-old Koni Dole. This guy makes me seem like the biggest wuss of all.

Last October, the then 15-year-old football player suffered a compound fracture in his lower right leg during the last game of the season. He underwent surgery and was suppose to be fine, but he developed compartment syndrome. Pressure had built up to such a level that the muscle and tissue in his leg weren't receiving oxygen.

Five surgeries couldn't save his leg and it had to be amputated.

After the town raised $50,000 to help pay for his leg prothesis that wasn't covered by health insurance, he went back to work, determined to get on the football field to play with his brother who would be a freshman the next season. It usually takes eight weeks to begin learning to walk again. It took Dole three.

Photo by Paul Ruther

10 months later, Dole is back on the field running defenders over, scoring touchdowns. We salute this kid for never giving up and letting excuses get in the way of his dream. Also, I'm sure you'll join me in saluting him for making us all realize how big of wusses we are about our sprains or bruises or hangnails (hangnails are the worst).

- Mark (follow on Twitter)

zed_iz_dead User

kind of cool, but maybe its the universe telling you to do something else with your life

Knightlight User

Great job, when you watch him run from the waist up you cannot tell its a false leg. He has done very well. Great to see that he is back doing the sport he loves.

p00pC4Ut3 User

If he brakes it playing football, is the town going to buy him a new one?

username3000 User

That's some lousy care from those doctors.  They couldn't control the swelling in the leg; that's not supposed to be a major problem.

JohnnyPocketPool User

Awesome, cause he doesn't have to worry about it getting broken again and I'm sure it's much lighter than a regular leg and so swifter.

Geepa53 UserTop Commenter

Nice pancake-block there, dude.

The-Langolier UserTop Commenter

Another touchdown for science.

Will-Marlow-883 User

I stand in awe and admiration of an individual with this much inner-strength and courage!

turdwater User

Looks quick off the ball too. Bet he'll have a college career as well. Good stuff.

fibreop User

Nice, good for him.  Though in a way its a bit unfair I think, as who would want to tackle a disabled person so to speak.  People could give you sh!t about it.  Who knows...

IamObama User

@fibreop  You never played sports then. On the field everyone is equal and if they have a different colored jersey the only thing that matters is the game rules.

Klappen12 User

@IamObama @fibreop I'm not so sure about that. If there was a girl on the game, would you really tackle her as hard as you would tackle a guy? Here is the same thing, I'm not saying he, fibreop, is right or wrong. But when you know that the other guy is missing a leg, you unconsciously might not go 100% on him. 

fibreop User

@Klappen12 @IamObama  Exactly what I'm getting at, and I have played sports and I have done this before.  Broke her leg and everyone calls you racist, haha.