LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Mother's Day 2017 is the day everything changed for Kaden Burse.
"The impact hit my sciatic nerve which made me paralyzed for a little bit. Then I broke a couple of ribs, [suffered a] lacerated liver, and a torn kidney."
Before, they had dreams of playing basketball at Mosley with his brother Stacy. After...
"I was just thinking about when I was going to be able to walk again first. It was just the only thing on my mind."
All passengers survived the wreck. Stacy returned to Mosley to play basketball in fall, but the road to recovery was longer for Kaden.
"Everywhere I went, I had to use a walker or I'd have to be in a wheelchair. I didn't think I was going to be able to walk again."
Literally and figuratively, a journey taken one step at a time.
"Two weeks after second surgery, after I got the bar removed out of my pelvis, I was able to walk just a little bit by myself but it was still hard."
Seven months after the crash, Kaden could walk and shoot. As team manager for the Dolphins, he stayed close to the sport and the teammates he loves.
"It was really easy whenever I was around them because I felt like I was part of the team and they filled me in every day to the process. But by the end of the year, i was so eager to play and walk again and everything...but I knew I couldn't. I had to wait."
Now more than a year and a half after the crash, Kaden Burse's high school hoops career has tipped off.
"It just feels really great to play with my team and be around them and actually be on the court with them. It makes me a lot happier than when I was in a wheelchair."
"That shows what kind of kid he is," Mosley head coach Mike Memmen said. "He's a tough kid. To respond to something like that, to maybe never walking again, that shows a tremendous amount of perseverance on his part."
The healing isn't over yet. Kaden is postponing a third operation until after the season.
"It's just a minor surgery but anything can happen. I want to play basketball, cause you never know, it might be my last time playing basketball."
After Mother's Day 2017, he's not taking that, or anything else, for granted.