Oklahoma City (KFOR) – A Woodward High School senior walked out of the hospital on his two feet after suffering a spinal cord injury during soccer practice.
“I told you I’d get out of here no matter what,” Dakota Samarco said. “Leaving here will only make my day better because I have achieved my goals.”
August 12thSamarco trains in practice on the first day of the full mat.
“Oh, you know me, playing football. Got hit in practice, then when my neck hurts so badly, I didn’t say it to anyone. Then got hit again and it’s done,” the 18-year-old said. Samarco said.
“We had EMSA scheduled on site in about 3 to 4 minutes,” said David Dunlap, assistant athletic director for Woodward Public Schools. “They called LifeFlight to bypass the local hospital and take them to the specialists here.”
Samarco has a herniated disc.
“They had to go in and replace the disc and then fuse his C2 to T2 vertebrae together,” says Samarco’s father, Dennis. “[That’s] About from the base of your skull to the base of your shoulders. “
At first, doctors and his family feared he would never be able to walk again. But Samarco made up his mind.
“I was so hurt the first week that I didn’t want to get out of bed, but they made me. Thank you,” Samarco said, nodding to a nearby nurse. “It sucks, but I had a good time. I gave crap to everyone here. Made them all laugh, I hope.”
“Every day he’s pushing them to work harder and harder so he can achieve his goal of getting out of here,” Dennis said.
Dakota’s neck brace will be used for the next few months until he gets his doctor’s approval. Aside from some back pain in the morning, Samarco said he feels fine.
On Tuesday, there was only one thing on his mind.
“My dog. As soon as I get home, look at my dog and lie on my bed. Well, I guess, [seeing] Make friends later,” Samarco said. “As long as I can see my dog, everything will be fine. “
Dennis said his son will return to school on Monday to begin his senior year. While his time on the football field may be over, he will be on the sidelines cheering for his team.