ASHEBORO, N.C. — An Asheboro teen fighting a life-threatening illness scored his first hoop in a Fayetteville Street Christian School basketball game on Tuesday night.
13-year-old Daniel O’Quinn played his first game with the basketball team at Fayetteville Christian School Tuesday night.
In the last 30 seconds, O’Quinn scored the basket; the first of his lifetime.
“This is the first time I ever played a sport that was real and not for medical kids cause I played for medical league baseball which is for special kids that are disabled and this basketball was the only ever sport that I played that was, just a real sport,” O’Quinn said.
O’Quinn hasn’t been physically able to play his favorite sport due to his heart condition and failing lung.
He had open heart surgery at 6-days-old at Brenner’s Children Hospital in Winston-Salem.
“He has what’s called Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (TAPVR). His pulmonary veins do nt connect appropriately from the heart to the lung,” said mother Tanya O’Quinn.
“He’s almost more mature than a lot of kids his age I guess because I the things he’s been through and the fact that death has been very real to him.”
Even though the Patriots didn’t win the game his teammates and coaches agree the moment meant more than winning.