A high school cheerleader who, in 2014, was severely injured in a car crash, has been named the UK Sports Medicine Comeback Athlete of the Year.
In June 2014, Baylee Booth, now a senior at Russell Independent High School in Greenup County, was in a car accident that changed her life. The accident left her with head trauma and multiple skull and facial fractures. She was in a coma for almost a week. The Comeback Player of the Year Award is given to a student-athlete who has overcome adversity that affected their ability to participate in Kentucky High School Athletic Association-sanctioned sports.
After the crash, Booth had to relearn how to walk, speak and feed herself. In the fall of 2014, Booth was able to return to the sport she loved – cheerleading. During the 2015-16 cheer season, Booth participated in competitions and was on the sideline cheering for her team at every game, including the girls state basketball tournament. She’s even back to stunting and tumbling practice twice a week.
“I would like to dedicate this award to people that have supported me since my TBI [traumatic brain injury]. Without my coaches, teachers, teammates, family, friends and countless medical professionals, I would not be here today,” Booth said. “They never gave up on me, and I would like to thank each and every one.”