A story of perseverance: Valley high school athlete gets back to what he loves after amputation

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OAKHURST, California (KSEE) – It’s an inspiring story of perseverance.

PJ Kuzmitski is now a sophomore here at Yosemite High School and Friday, he is playing in the JV football game against Mariposa County High School.

He played for the first time with his prosthetic leg and scored a touchdown. PJ also has also started wrestling again this year.

Back in September of 2017, PJ got injured at football practice. He thought it was a bad dislocation and underwent surgery at Community Regional Medical Center, but learned his lower right leg would need to be amputated.

Since then PJ, has been determined to return to the two sports he loves, football and wrestling. After knee reconstruction surgery and getting a prosthetic leg, that dream has become a reality.

The community of Oakhurst rallied behind PJ during his recovery raising money for his medical needs so an exciting night for everyone to see him back on the field.

“He really is a great example of perseverance not only is he a great athlete he has a great attitude in school he’s a good student just communicates well super soft spoken guy and really does a good job of leading by example,” says athletic director, Rusty Oetinger.

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