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Walter's James recovery nothing short of 'miracle'

Faron Griffin only knows one way to describe it.

"I mean, it's a miracle," the Walters football head coach said.

Griffin was talking about Noah James. A miracle that the sophomore walks around these days with only a neck brace. That James has walked to midfield while serving as one of Walters' captains the past three games, though he isn't playing. That James walks, just in general.

Playing quarterback, James broke several vertebrae in his neck during Walters' homecoming game Sept. 19 against Snyder. It happened in the first quarter and he didn't even feel much pain, at first, gathering enough strength to walk to the sideline.

Everyone thought it was a stinger. But by halftime there was pain. Plenty of it.

James was taken to Comanche County Hospital that Friday night and eventually air-lifted to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, where surgeons aligned the vertebrae with 100 percent success Saturday evening. James walked out of the hospital the following Tuesday.

"It was the best possible news under the circumstances," Griffin said.

The Lawton Constitution

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