Ty Kiser’s appearance at Sulphur’s annual preseason football rally was not what the sophomore might have wanted, but he was still happy to be there, wearing his red No. 71 Sulphur Bulldogs jersey.


Ty Kiser’s appearance at Sulphur’s annual preseason football rally was not what the sophomore might have wanted, but he was still happy to be there, wearing his red No. 71 Sulphur Bulldogs jersey.

Kiser was accidentally shot on a hunting trip in June when a rifle malfunctioned. Since then, he has spent a couple of months at the University of Oklahoma Trauma Center in Oklahoma City. The past few weeks he has been in Bethany, where he has been undergoing therapy.

Kiser was shot in the chest at very close range. He had a lung removed, and is still rather weak, but can walk around.

“I can go about 200 feet now without getting tired,” he said.

Kiser was originally scheduled to return home Aug. 19, but that was delayed until Aug. 22. Sulphur coach Jim Dixon introduced Kiser at the pep rally on Tuesday.

“It is a miracle that he is still alive. This just shows the power of prayer.” Dixon said.

Kiser, 15, was unconscious and in a coma for 39 days and in the hospital for a total of 78 days. He hopes to play football again someday, but Tuesday he was just happy to be around his friends, family and the football team.

Kiser started as a freshman for Sulphur, and Dixon said that is relatively rare at the school.

“We think he will be able to play next year,” Dixon said. “I still think he has the potential to be an outstanding football player.”  

Coach Terry Neal, who is also Kiser’s pastor at Hickory Baptist Church, also said Kiser’s being there Tuesday, and his survival, was a miracle.

The coaches visited the medical center often to be there for the family.
“It was about three weeks before any of the doctors said anything positive at all about whether he would survive,” Neal said. “One of the doctors told me he might make it, that was the first positive thing we heard.

“We spent a lot of time in the trauma room. There were a lot of patients who did not come out as Ty did. Some were paralyzed and had brain damage. We all had faith God would heal Ty.”

Kiser is hoping he can go back to school soon, and hopes to be at the football game Friday night at Lexington. He plans on being on the sidelines for the team whenever he is able this year. Dixon said Kiser will be part of the football team this year as an honorary member, and he is listed on the roster.

“I am thankful for all the prayers, all the flowers, cards and everything,” Kiser said.

Kiser gradually came out of his coma in July. His mother, Sissy, said he came around over a few days, and his first words to her were to ask if he would play football again. She didn’t discourage him, but told him they would take things a day at a time.

Kiser’s faith, and that of his family and coaches, helped get him through what many thought was impossible. In light of that, playing football again might not be such a stretch.

“It has been a very rough summer,” Sissy Kiser said. “There was a lot of prayer. There was a lot of support from the community. I am just so grateful to all the people who helped us during this time. It is just so great to have him home.”

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There is a facebook page dedicated to Kiser and keeping track of his progress. The page is at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Prayers-for-Ty-Kiser.