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Former Conway football player injured in tragic accident stands during National Anthem

Former Conway football player Wesley Baker stands during the National Anthem at Friday night's Conway/Myrtle Beach football game. (Sydney Glenn/WPDE)

Three years ago, Wesley Baker was hit by large truck while walking on Highway 701.

In July 2013, the former Conway High School football player lost one of his legs and suffered brain damage, among other injuries. His mom, Debra Phipps, said he almost didn't survive. Since then, he's worked hard, and Friday night he stood during the National Anthem at the Tigers' football game.

It's the first time he's been able to stand at the football field since the accident.

"It feels like a dream. I've asked God for three years... when his accident took place I said, 'God please let my son walk again and talk again,' and day by day, he's shown me miracles," Phipps said.

It's a huge step in Wesley's fight to walk again, Wesley's uncle Gary Smith said.

"It compares to no other. He's just reached so many milestones since the accident and this is just another step towards him walking across that field," he said.

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Each milestone is an important part of Wesley's journey, but this one has a special message, Phipps said.

With some football players across the country kneeling in protest during the National Anthem, Phipps wanted people to see Wesley standing proudly, supporting his country.

"Wesley, he's worked hard, he's lost his leg and he had a right to sit down, but now God is giving him the strength to stand up, and we all need to stand up for America," she said.

Standing at Friday night's game is just the start of the many miracles ahead for Wesley, Smith said.

"I knew, I knew it. It's just all on Wesley's time. We knew that one day we were going to stand beside him and watch these ball games, and we know that one day he's going to walk up these bleachers with us. There is no doubt in our mind," he said.

The next goal: for Wesley to walk across the field.

To keep up with Wesley's journey, you can follow the Wesley Baker Prayer Chain.


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