HIGH POINT, N.C. – Christian Martin, the Southwest Guilford High School basketball star who was badly hurt after falling during a game, came home from the hospital on Friday.
A crowd of Martin's friends, classmates, and parents at Southwest greeted him at his home with balloons and banners, cheering as he pulled up the street.
Martin’s mother, Christina Lee, said he has made huge strides in his recovery over the past three weeks.
“He has severe damage, however he appears, he picked up walking and things like that very quickly,” Lee explained.
She said he was doing calculus problems in the hospital and is more social than usual.
Southwest basketball coach Guy Shavers told FOX8 that he’s grateful that Martin is coming home.
“He’s made so much progress so quickly, even more quickly that the doctors expected,” Shavers said. “I want that progress to keep going fast.”
Martin was hurt in the fall during a game in Hickory on March 9.
The Southwest Guilford Cowboys were playing Concord Cox Mill in the West Regional Final in Hickory when Christian Martin went in for a dunk, got off balance and came down hard.
“It was very surreal, very surreal seeing my child there, and just wanting him to get up,” Lee said.
Martin was down for a long time as the players and many in the gym prayed. He was taken to a nearby hospital.
"I think the scariest part of him being in that coma was not knowing how he was going to wake up. Is he going to remember? Is he going to be able to do anything? Those were the scary moments,” Lee said.
She said she's been overwhelmed by the support from the community during her son's recovery.
“I could never express enough gratitude, it’s mind boggling that people still care enough, to come together at a time like this and just have been amazing.”
Southwest Guilford won its second state boys basketball championship in three years earlier this month, beating Williams 67-60.