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Since the young age of 5, Jaylon Conwell has loved sports, especially football. The now 17-year-old plays for the Pulaski County High School football team, and was part of the team when it won its first state championship in 2014.
The Pulaski County Maroons defeated Graves County 14-7 in the state championship game, and Jaylon helped score the two touchdowns for the win. While the team was thrilled to win, Jaylon dreamed of bringing home another state title.
For several years, the Maroons have made it back to the state tournament. It was in the 2015 playoff game before the state championship, however, where Jaylon encountered a setback – a torn ACL as another player’s helmet hit his knee. While the team made it to the state championship again, and lost, Jaylon was thinking about recovery and getting back on the field again for his senior year.
“Jaylon was determined to make it back to the state championship,” said Georgia Reed, Jaylon’s mother. “It usually takes nine months to recover from an ACL tear. Jaylon did it in eight months.”
All summer long, as students were enjoying time off from school, and the football team was training for the approaching season, Jaylon was working with Dr. Jay Shah with KentuckyOne Health Orthopedic Associates in London. He never lost his focus of returning to the field for his last season at Pulaski County High School, and returning to the state championship.
After working with Dr. Shah and going through rehabilitation, Jaylon was able to return to the football team this year for his final season. There have been minor setbacks on the field, including a shoulder sprain, but every step of the way, Dr. Shah has been there to help Jaylon. The leading rusher has even found a friend in his doctor, who has showed up at games to support Jaylon.
“Now, Jaylon is even interested in working in the medical field someday,” said Reed. “He’s considering being an orthopedic surgeon, like Dr. Shah. Jaylon is thankful that Dr. Shah helped him to return to the sport he loves, and is interested in doing the same for others.”
Jaylon plans to attend college within the state of Kentucky next year, and will continue to pursue his love of football. Thanks to Dr. Shah, his dream to return to the football field in time for his senior year was reached.
Dr. Jay Shah is an orthopedic surgeon with KentuckyOne Health Orthopedic Associates at Saint Joseph London.