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Friday, May 3, 2019

Highlands alum set to graduate tomorrow from medical school, severely injured in five-story fall

A 2011 Highlands alum is in critical condition after suffering a five-story fall and fracturing five vertebrae. The fall, which occurred on April 27, also detached his spine from half of this shattered pelvis. He endured a ten-hour surgery to reconstruct the damage done from the fall.

Kevin Mason, who spent four years in the Highlands Bluebird baseball program, was set to graduate tomorrow from medical school at the University of Pikeville College of Osteopathic Medicine and begin a residency near Raleigh, NC July 1, 2019.

Now, he'll likely spend the next year rehabbing the injury and will have to give up his residency spot.

A GoFundMe page has been established to help him pay for his student loans while he begins extensive physical therapy. So far over $7,000 has been raised for Mason.

"Anyone who knows Kevin Mason knows an intelligent, vibrant young man with a great sense of humor and a love for travel," said fundraising campaign organizer and friend, Jesse Bist. "He also will have exorbitant medical bills from physical therapy after he turns 26 in exactly three months and loses his health insurance."

Highlands Head Baseball coach Jeremy Baioni said his heart was heavy when he heard of Mason's injuries, but knows his positive attitude will help him on the road to recovery.

"We take care of our own," said Baioni. "This is what we do. We are praying for a full and speedy recovery."

The GoFundMe page went on to say: 

"We share this only to shed light...there is a great plan for Kevin's life.  Helping Kevin now will ultimately allow him to begin giving back to others as a doctor once he is able to slowly learn to walk again and enter into a medical residency next year."

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