After 90 surgeries, teen gets wish: Michigan football offer

Larry Prout committed to the University of Michigan football team Tuesday. He didn’t consider another school.

He announced his decision at a table in the lobby of Schembechler Hall, two seats away from head coach Jim Harbaugh, wedged between backup quarterback John O’Korn and his mom, Kathryn Prout.

“Our team just got bigger,” said Harbaugh.

Got tougher, too, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Though not in the way you might think. Because there is Saturday gridiron tough, and there is showing bravery in the face of death tough. Larry has faced death again and again. From the moment he was born, with most of his organs outside of his body.

He lived on a ventilator the first three years of his life. Fought pneumonia innumerable times. Battled sepsis. Endured 90 surgeries. Didn’t say his first word until he was 3. Didn’t take his first step until he was 9. Didn’t take his first gym class until this fall, at 15.

That he was here, sitting before a few dozen cameras and half as many reporters, fielding questions, is surely some kind of providence.

As he said during his new conference:

“I was not given much chance to survive outside the womb, let alone survive two weeks after birth. I’ve been cut open and sewed back up many, many times. Not of all of the surgeries were a success. But this didn’t stop my family from bringing me back. I’m signing and committing to the University of Michigan football team, I’m thankful for this opportunity.”

Larry Prout committed to the University of Michigan football team Tuesday. He didn’t consider another school.

He announced his decision at a table in the lobby of Schembechler Hall, two seats away from head coach Jim Harbaugh, wedged between backup quarterback John O’Korn and his mom, Kathryn Prout.

“Our team just got bigger,” said Harbaugh.

Got tougher, too.

Though not in the way you might think. Because there is Saturday gridiron tough, and there is showing bravery in the face of death tough. Larry has faced death again and again. From the moment he was born, with most of his organs outside of his body.

He lived on a ventilator the first three years of his life. Fought pneumonia innumerable times. Battled sepsis. Endured 90 surgeries. Didn’t say his first word until he was 3. Didn’t take his first step until he was 9. Didn’t take his first gym class until this fall, at 15.

That he was here, sitting before a few dozen cameras and half as many reporters, fielding questions, is surely some kind of providence.

As he said during his new conference:

“I was not given much chance to survive outside the womb, let alone survive two weeks after birth. I’ve been cut open and sewed back up many, many times. Not of all of the surgeries were a success. But this didn’t stop my family from bringing me back. I’m signing and committing to the University of Michigan football team, I’m thankful for this opportunity.”

 


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