By writer to www.wccbcharlotte.com
BELMONT, N.C. — “My liver is horrible principally, my liver is destroyed, it’s obtained scar tissue.”
Could 2020, Staphon Peterson identified with stage three cirrhosis of the liver which might require a liver transplant. Simply 17 years outdated on the time Staphon’s outlook on life by no means wavered
“I belief in God, I’ma be positive, I’ma be straight,” mentioned Peterson.
A rising senior on the time at Cramerton Christian, Peterson was pressured to place his blossoming basketball profession on maintain and never attend a number of the publicity camps he deliberate.
“He couldn’t be in every single place,” mentioned Peterson’s mom Dr. Wendy Douglas. “He couldn’t take part in all the things if the surroundings wasn’t proper for him, that was undoubtedly a wrestle. We simply targeted on getting wholesome, I mentioned do what you’ll be able to till you’ll be able to’t.”
Seems Peterson’s love for basketball allowed him to do rather a lot.
” I might’ve simply performed on-line college,” mentioned Peterson. “However then I wouldn’t have been capable of play. So I used to be going to high school, I used to be taking part in ball, simply because that’s what I like to do. Even when it was laborious and I’d go residence after the sport, throwing up, having diarrhea, not feeling good the subsequent two days. I used to be nonetheless simply making ready myself, attempting to get higher.”
Peterson doesn’t even understand how he made it via the entire season however he averaged a profession excessive 14 factors per sport to guide the Crusaders whereas additionally including 7 rebounds per sport.
He was positioned on the liver transplant record earlier this summer season and thought he had a match.
“We obtained to Durham,” recalled Douglas. “We pulled within the parking area and so they mentioned, it wasn’t liver. Liver got here from a COVID affected person. That was heartbreaking.”
Peterson rebounded from that setback and attended a exercise at Louisburg Faculty the very subsequent day, he credit basketball for serving to him get via the powerful instances.
“If I wasn’t taking part in I’d be means sicker by now. Enjoying basketball and coaching and nonetheless going to observe undoubtedly saved me in form.”
Issues are wanting up for Staphon, his dad Thurman Peterson is an ideal match and so they have a transplant scheduled for this coming Monday. Staphon is nervous, however excited.
“I really feel just like the sky is the restrict as a result of I used to inform myself if I can get via this, then I can push via the rest that comes afterwards.”
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