Basketball star returns to court against narrow odds

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) Emma Anderson spent months hospitalized and learning to walk again. On Friday, she returned to the basketball court against narrow odds.

The Daviess County senior went to the doctor in August for what she initially thought was just a common cold. After multiple diagnoses, symptoms, and doctor’s visits, she underwent surgery to remove her appendix and gall bladder. When she didn’t recover fully from the surgery, the doctors continued to investigate.

Eventually Anderson was diagnosed with Functional Movement Disorder, a neurological disorder that impeded her ability to walk. Emma had to endure months of hospitalization and physical therapy to learn to walk again.

“It was rough, it was really rough, I mean, if I didn’t have the support of teammates, friends, and family, I wouldn’t have been here tonight so I’m very thankful especially on a night like tonight. It couldn’t get better than this,” said Anderson.

Emma says she is excited to play the rest of the season with her team and is hopeful to have no more health issues.

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(This story was originally published on January 10, 2020)

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