Maddie was 17 and junior in high school when her school year went to hell. It was November in 2015 and Maddie was playing in a soccer game. A midfielder, Maddie attempted to steal the ball from an opposing player. Their lower legs hit each other.
In spite of shin guards, Maddie ended up with a broken tibia. Fortunately, there were EMT's on the site and help arrived quickly. Maddie was consumed with pain, fear, and shock when the medics got to her side. In her words "I had never broken anything before. But I knew my leg was broken right away. I felt the leg crack and I heard a loud snapping sound. When the medics lifted my leg, it sagged like a wet noodle. I felt sick to my stomach."
After a painful, 15 minute ambulance ride, Maddie was whisked into a crowded emergency room. X-Rays revealed she a displaced fracture of the tibia at mid shaft. The fibula was not broken and the attending ER physician through the fracture could be reduced without surgery. He placed Maddie in a temporary splint for the night and scheduled a morning visit with an orthopedic surgeon.
The following morning, Maddie was placed in a hard cast by an orthopedic surgeon.
Maddie's recovery from the injury took over a year. She spent 12 weeks in a full leg cast and another 4 months in a series of PTB casts.
By November of her senior year in high school, Maddie was fully recovered and able to resume her soccer career.
After high school graduation, Maddie attended Stetson University in Florida. She joined the ROTC program at Stetson and currently is an officer in the US Army.