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Alan Conerly is 'Beating the Odds'

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A First Coast teenager is proving he can do anything.

Alan Conerly was hit by a car in March of 2011 and was given very little chance of recovery.

His story is the first in the First Coast News "Beating the Odds" series.

Alan was 17 years old when he was hit by a car while riding his scooter to school.

"Who would think something like that would happen to your kid," Alan's mother Anita said. "You would never think that. But it did."

Alan spent weeks in a coma with a severe brain injury.

"I wasn't supposed to live, and I did," Conerly said.

Last summer, he started down the long road of learning to walk again with his brothers' help.

He told First Coast News then how difficult it really was.

"To be honest, sometimes I cry," Alan said in 2011. "But without my brothers, I would not be here now."

Alan is now back in school. His speech, memory and physical abilities improve every day.

"I kinda figured that he would eventually start walking," Anita said. "I just didn't know it was going to be this soon."

As Alan takes steps down the hall -- without his mother's help -- his wheelchair is nowhere in sight.

"I told my mom 'Sell it!'" Alan said. 

Back to his old self, Alan oozes charisma. He's a flirt and a comedian.

His brain injury robbed him of his mobility and short-term memory but hasn't affected who he is. 

"I'm still here for a reason," he explained.

He knows he hasn't fulfilled his full potential, and won't stop until he does.

Mostly he wants to inspire others.

"Just think, if you don't get in an accident how far can you go," Alan said.

There's one thing Alan is still determined to prove: the once-basketball star said he's been told he'll never play again. He knows he will.

"I have one great thing on my side," Alan explained. "You know what that is? Time. Time. Everything takes time."

There are several families First Coast News has followed through their most difficult times.

Wednesday at 6 p.m. the second in the Beating the Odds series: A young man who beat a deadly bacteria but lost his arms and legs. We will tell you what he's kicking now.

First Coast News

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