This high school season, Basha High School's gifted and athletic 6-foot-10 junior post Devin Kirby suffered a horrific injury during the McClintock Holiday Shootout basketball tournament on the campus of McClintock High School. The injury came in the championship game of the event, as his team faced rival, Perry HS.
Just before the end to the first quarter and with 1 minute on the clock, Kirby would fall to the floor after attempting to make an offensive play. Kirby would lie on the floor in absolute and sheer pain. Kirby would eventually receive assistance from a group of paramedics that would indicate that he may have broken both of his legs.
With everyone in the gymnasium in absolute shock, Kirby would get wheeled outside the gymnasium and the game would eventually pick up play and advance to the second period. Basha would eventually win the tournament championship in fine fashion over Perry, with inspired play from the team.
Basha players and many friends and family would go to visit Kirby at the hospital consistently throughout his recovery, and Kirby would make a quicky recovery - considering the severity of the injury.
The prognosis determined that Kirby had suffered two open reduction internal fixation bilateral tibia tubercle fractions. In layman terminology, two broken legs with the bone just below the knee cap fractured on both legs. Kirby would get two pins (screws) in each leg. While he will not be able to put any weight on either leg for atleast 6 weeks, and was wheel chair bound during that time frame, Kirby is expected to have a full and complete recovery over time. In fact, Kirby is already walking again!
Devin Kirby is a wonderful young man with an amazing spirit. You will not find a better young man or student-athlete in high school athletics - on or off the floor. This young man deserves the world.
Here is an awesome new video on the story of Devin Kirby and this severe injury that changed his life and ours forever.