BREAKING NEWS Officer-involved shooting at Verona Convenience Store Full Story
WEATHER AUTHORITY : Dense Fog Advisory View Alerts

Man's love of basketball fuels miraculous recovery after suffering strokes

A few years ago, a Kansas City basketball coach suddenly woke up in the middle of the night.In an instant, he ...

Posted: Feb 16, 2018 3:05 PM
Updated: Feb 16, 2018 3:05 PM

A few years ago, a Kansas City basketball coach suddenly woke up in the middle of the night.

In an instant, he was both confused and terrified. He knew immediately his life would be changed forever.

But, Ed Corporal is a fighter and with some special assistance. He barely missed a step.

Corporal's story begins where he feels most comfortable -- on a basketball court. But, it's not the game of basketball that keeps drawing him to the court. It's the players.

"They inspire me to be here, be around them and getting a chance to still continue to do what I love," he said.

Corporal has loved basketball since he was a boy. He was a ball boy for the old Kansas City Kings. He would grow up to become a high school coach in both basketball and volleyball and eventually coach in the pros.

But, if teaching the Xs and Os of the game is his passion, Corporal says coaching his players about life may be his calling.

"I set them all down and told them my story, and I think it helps them, especially when they're going through tough moments in practice and games. They think coach has been through a lot tougher things. If he can get through that I, can get through that," Corporal said.

In 2013, Corporal suffered not one but two strokes.

Sam Porritt of the Falling Forward Foundation says it was a miracle he was in a hospital when he had a second stroke.

"The second stroke paralyzed the entire left side of his body, couldn't move his arm, leg, nothing on the left side of his body," he said.

Corporal knew he was in serious trouble.

"I felt like someone had me pinned down and I couldn't move it, and I really kind of panicked," he said.

Corporal would spend the next four months in a hospital and then begin grueling rehab therapy to learn to walk again. However, his insurance plan only covered a few months of therapy, and, according to the Falling Forward Foundation, that is common.

"About 700,000 people a year have a stroke. Most of those people never go back to work, because most of those people because of therapy caps are disabled for the rest of their lives. Ed's the exception, but Ed shows many of our other patients show what's possible," Porritt said.

When Corporal's insurance ran out, Porritt's non-profit foundation stepped in to pay for his rehab therapy. Amazingly, less than two years after his stroke, Corporal was able to dance with his daughter at her sixteenth birthday celebration.

"And that was probably the most memorable night I've ever had when I was able to do that with her," Corporal said.

Today, you'll find Corporal back out on a basketball court as he is now the assistant coach of Kansas City's new pro basketball team the Tornados.

"This is good therapy for him. He comes out here, and he may start tap dancing or running off the floor when the guys get too close to him so it's helping him out and keeping him around the game he loves," head coach Calvin Thompson said.

But, Corporal's recovery isn't just turning heads here. The Falling Forward Foundation flew him to Washington DC to lobby against therapy caps by telling his emotional story of recovery.

Porritt says Corporal was a hit with lawmakers.

"A member of Congress is crying after Ed tells his story," he said.

But, politics will have to wait, because there's more coaching to do -- more teaching, more mentoring and finding new ways to motivate his players.

However, considering what he's been through, there are days he inspires others by simply walking onto a basketball court.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 263023

Reported Deaths: 5752
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto17675191
Hinds16813331
Harrison14224204
Rankin11167219
Jackson10839190
Lee9050144
Madison8568168
Jones6668114
Forrest6177124
Lauderdale6097192
Lowndes5518120
Lafayette516298
Lamar503965
Washington4923125
Bolivar4104109
Oktibbeha405982
Panola384881
Pontotoc376258
Warren3674103
Monroe3671108
Union355663
Marshall355270
Neshoba3485154
Pearl River3468105
Leflore3111109
Lincoln305688
Hancock291862
Sunflower291475
Tate279662
Alcorn272354
Pike268981
Itawamba268063
Scott259648
Yazoo255256
Prentiss252553
Tippah249250
Copiah249049
Coahoma248054
Simpson242171
Leake237367
Grenada223272
Marion222073
Covington219973
Adams213671
Wayne212634
Winston207371
George204339
Newton199046
Attala196963
Tishomingo194161
Chickasaw189044
Jasper179538
Holmes171768
Clay165837
Tallahatchie156235
Stone151425
Clarke147262
Calhoun140822
Smith129226
Yalobusha122034
Walthall114337
Greene113529
Noxubee112926
Montgomery111636
Carroll106622
Lawrence106517
Perry104531
Amite101426
Webster96124
Tunica88821
Claiborne88325
Jefferson Davis88329
Benton85623
Humphreys84624
Kemper80520
Quitman7089
Franklin69917
Choctaw63213
Wilkinson59825
Jefferson56821
Sharkey45117
Issaquena1606
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 439442

Reported Deaths: 6657
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson644371007
Mobile31435569
Madison28158217
Tuscaloosa21492275
Montgomery19873332
Shelby19248132
Baldwin17128189
Lee13137107
Morgan12594142
Etowah12070181
Calhoun11496206
Marshall10420123
Houston8988164
Limestone832081
Cullman8257124
Elmore8183110
DeKalb7871107
Lauderdale7847107
St. Clair7808130
Talladega6445112
Walker6028183
Jackson599145
Colbert548694
Blount546286
Autauga535862
Coffee460764
Dale409685
Franklin374150
Russell354215
Chilton344373
Covington338580
Escambia334544
Tallapoosa3143109
Dallas312996
Chambers303470
Clarke298036
Pike262431
Lawrence253355
Marion253161
Winston233342
Bibb222348
Geneva210247
Marengo208231
Pickens199531
Hale184944
Barbour180538
Fayette177829
Butler173160
Cherokee165131
Henry159525
Monroe152021
Randolph145536
Washington141727
Clay129746
Crenshaw123745
Macon121937
Cleburne121525
Lamar119922
Lowndes114836
Wilcox107922
Bullock103328
Perry99918
Conecuh97822
Sumter90527
Greene77923
Coosa63418
Choctaw51924
Out of AL00
Unassigned00
Tupelo
Cloudy
55° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 55°
Columbus
Cloudy
61° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 61°
Oxford
Cloudy
54° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 54°
Starkville
Cloudy
54° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 54°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather