Teen athlete returns to basketball court after amputation

For a high school athlete, being in a room with a bunch of NFL superstars is quite a thrill, but Monday night in a hotel ballroom in Maryland, those NFL players were actually looking up to a 16-year-old.

Last year, Essien Ture had an intense cramp in the arch of his foot. Doctors told him he had a vascular problem, multiple blood clots and would need an amputation.

"I was sad for about an hour and then after that I got over it. I was waiting for them to get through it so I could get back to playing basketball," Ture said.

That's what he did. He's had 13 surgeries, including the amputation of his foot and part of his leg. A year later he was back on the court for Hammond High School in Howard County.

"Do you think of yourself as pretty tough?" asked FOX 5's Beth Parker.

"No. I got through what I had to get through to be back where I want to be," Ture said.

"What he's gone through and the way he's gone about it... He's done it with class, without excuse-- embraced every challenge without exception," athletic director Mike Lerner said.

Ture was honored Monday night by the Ed Block Foundation for his inspiring comeback. He met New England Patriots player Rob Gronkowski.

Basketball season is over, but Ture is already practicing for next year.  He has one more surgery next week. If all goes well he'll be on the basketball and track teams next year.

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