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Texas Tech cheerleader overcomes injuries, cheers at Birmingham Bowl

Texas Tech cheerleader overcomes injuries, cheers at Birmingham Bowl


911 RIGHT AWAY. NEW AT 5:00: A TEXAS TECH CHEERLEADER’S TRIP TO THE BIRMINGHAM BOWL MADE ONLY SWEETER KNOWING HER TIME IN THE SPORT COULD HAVE BEEN CUT SHORT. WVTM13’S MARY O’CONNELL TELLS US HOW THE CENTRAL ALABAMA NATIVE TURNED A TRAGEDY INTO AN OPPORTUNITY. MARY: A WALK IN TAYLOR HARRISON’S SHOES, MAY SEEM LIKE A WALK IN THE PARK.>>I REALLY WANTED TO KEEP GOING, I LOVED IT SO MUCH. MARY BUT THIS CLANTON NATIVE AND : TEXAS TECH SOPHOMORE PROVES TO NOT JUDGE A BOOK, BY ITS BOWS.>>I COULD HAVE DIED AND I OBVIOUSLY WAS ALIVE FOR A REASON. MARY: IN SEPTEMBER 2016, HARRISON GOT IN A HORRIFIC WRECK, GOING OFF AN OVERPASS AND DOWN A 30 FOOT DROP.>>MY FEMUR BROKE IN HALF AT THE TOP OF MY LEG AND I HAD A HEAD FRACTURE TOO. MARY: HARRISON WAS HOSPITALIZED FOR A WEEK AND OUT OF SCHOOL FOR 3 WEEKS.>>I KEPT GETTING PHONE CALLS SAYING I’M SO SORRY, YOUR JOURNEY ENDING SO SOON SO I JUST THOUGHT TO MYSELF, I’MNOT DON MARY: DETERMINED, HARRISON SPENT HOURS IN PHYSICAL THERAPY, SHORTENING HER COULD-BE NINE MONTHS RECOVERING TO JUST SIX WEEKS.>>WE BARELY MADE A BOWL GAME AND TO GET HERE AND IT BE HERE, I FELT LIKE IT WAS REALLY A BLESSING. MARY: FROM A HOSPITAL BED, HOME, NOW CHEERING IN FRONT OF HUNDREDS AT THE BIRMINGHAM BOWL. A TRIP MADE EVEN BETTER KNOWING FAMILY SHE DOESN’T SEE EVERY DAY COULD BE THERE TO CHEER HER ON>>DON’T LET ANYONE TELL YOU YOU CAN’T. IT’S NEVER IMPOSSIBLE, IT’S REALLY NOT. MARY: TAKEN — TAKING STRIDES TO SHOW EVERYONE, THIS WALK IS PAVED WITH HARD WORK AND A WHOLE LOT OF SPIRIT. IN BIRMINGHAM, MARY O’CONNELL,

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