Back on the Softball Field
Fourteen-year-old Ashlyn Benefield of Pisgah, AL, thought she’d probably never walk again following a horrific ATV accident in July 2012. A passenger in the vehicle, Ashlyn suffered compound fractures in her right ankle when the ATV side-by-side flipped.
“All I could think about was, ‘I’m supposed to play in a softball tournament,’” Ashlyn said. “And, then I realized that my foot was basically severed from my body.”
Ashlyn was airlifted to Huntsville Hospital, the region’s only Level 1 trauma center. In Huntsville, she underwent four orthopedic surgeries. Additional care was also provided at UAB Hospital in the treatment of her injured ankle. “Amputation was a big concern the entire time,” said Ashlyn’s dad, Aaron Benefield.
After months of hospitalization and home care, Ashlyn decided it was time to prove the doctors wrong. In February 2013, she took her first steps since the accident. In June 2013, she started running. “The next thing we know,” recalled Aaron, “she’s on the softball field working on drills.”
Now 17, Ashlyn is a senior in high school and has been awarded a softball scholarship to Snead State in Boaz.