STANFORD, Ky. (WKYT) - He looks like a typical eight-year-old but the past six months have been far from normal for Jalen Smith of Stanford.
Smith's leg was broken and nearly lost during a hayride accident last September. He's had numerous surgeries, muscle transplants, and skin grafts.
"It's the worst thing by far that I've been through. I don't want any mother to ever see your child suffer the way he did," said Jacqueline Smith, Jalen's mother.
Like millions of others his family watched as University of Louisville player Kevin Ware broke his leg. It brought back some painful memories.
"It was actually the same leg, the injury was in a similar spot," said Smith.
Jalen himself has taken particular interest in Ware's recovery.
"He has since been very interested in Kevin Ware. we keep up with him daily on Facebook," she said.
It's been on Facebook and in numerous fund drives where the community has shown tremendous support and kindness to Jalen.
"Just to see a small town come together .the way it did, to help a family," said J Smith, Jalen's father.
Jalen can walk, ride a scooter and shoot hoops. Organized sports could be right around the corner.
"He's thinking by next basketball season he'll be back on the court," said Jacqueline.