YADKIN COUNTY, N.C. -- Former Starmount High School quarterback Christian Hurt says he was experiencing the best moment of his life when it quickly turned into the worst.
On November 4th, Hurt scored a touchdown in a first-round playoff match-up. At the end of the play, Hurt collided head-on with a tackler and broke his neck.
Since the injury, Christian Hurt has been in an orthopedic halo, hardly able to sleep, let alone compete in any of the three sports he excelled at for the Rams.
"I missed seven months of school, my senior year. I didn't get to play basketball. I didn't get to run track. Had all that stuff taken from me, and I'll never get that back.," Hurt said.
The Hurt family hopes to get something back, though. The problem is, they need to go to Germany to get it.
The FDA authorizes American surgeons to do a procedure that would fuse the bones in Christian Hurt's neck. Hurt says this would leave him unable to compete in a contact sport like basketball and would leave him with highly reduced neck movement.
German surgeons are authorized to perform a replacement and reconstruction of his vertebrae. Football is off the table for good, but a successful procedure of that kind could allow Hurt to play basketball again.
"That's probably my biggest dream right now is to play basketball again," Hurt said.
To pay for the trip to Germany, the surgery, and the care Christian will need afterward, the Hurts believe they'll need $100,000.
The family has created a website and held several fundraisers to reach that goal. So far, they've raised about $25,000.
Christian Hurt says he plans to walk-on at Appalachian State or UNC-Charlotte once he's healthy.