Area pitcher continues road to recovery

Conway, SC - By Justin Felder - bio | email

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Conway High School alum Bobby Watford was set to join Coastal Carolina University's baseball team.  Last October, Watford was the passenger in a car driven by another teenager which swerved off the road early one morning.  The driver of the car passed away.

When Watford looks back on that night, there isn't much to see.

"Not a thing," Watford said.  "I don't remember anything from that whole day."

Watford, a pitcher, had a laundry list of injuries.

"Fractured collarbone, broken femur, my lungs collapsed, fractured t-8, t-10 and t-12 in my back," Watford explained.

Still, the injuries could have easily been much worse.

"The doctor showed me a piece of paper and held it flat, said that's how far I was from dying, much less being paralyzed," Watford said.

Watford is now on the road to recovery.  He said he was thinking about baseball while he was still in the hospital.

"That's a big part of my life," Watford said.  "It's tough to be out of it, that's for sure.  It's something you can always count on.  You can always go to the field and take your mind off things, there was a time I needed to get my mind off things and I couldn't go to baseball at that time."

Now Watford is training to get back onto the baseball diamond.  He meets with a CCU trainer and goes to rehab on his own.  Doctors still don't want him to run and he can't pitch off a mount just yet, but he still knows he is fortunate to be as far along as he is.

"God helped me out there and limited my injuries to where I could get back and play," said Watford.  "I could've been paralyzed or killed."

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