DALLAS — A Molina High School football player who was paralyzed by a hit on the field has returned home.
Diondre Preston, 17, left Baylor University Medical Center for the first time in nearly three months on Tuesday.
He was paralyzed from the neck down by a hit during a game on September 30 against Pinkston High School.
"I remember I got hit real hard, and I remember falling to the ground," he said.
Diondre now uses a wheelchair to get around.
He cannot feel his arms or his legs, but has recently had slight movements in his left arm.
"I'm thinking about walking again and getting my movement back every day," Diondre said.
Before the accident, he was a highly-recruited athlete with scholarship offers from colleges across the country.
Now his mother, Maya, takes care of him full-time at their DeSoto home. It's a full-time job.
"It's heartbreaking," she said. "We try to look at the positive side; it could have been a lot worse."
The family's rental house is not equipped to handle a youngster with Diondre's special needs. The dining room has been cleared out to make room for his new bed and wheelchair.
His mother says in light of all the changes, her son is still a fighter.
"He's the same kid," she said. "His body may not work; it's still the same kid inside there."
Diondre used to dream about playing professional football. Now his goals have drastically changed, but his will to reach them has not.
If you would like to help the Preston family, you can make a tax-deductable donation to:
Little Heroes Foundation
P.O Box 940011
Plano, TX, 75094
Contact Steve Smith at 214-577-4613 for more information.