(KUTV) Chris Wingert a soccer player for REAL Salt Lake credits a Draper man for helping him look at life in a whole new way. The two men met while both were recovering from their own injuries.
Twenty one year old Alec "Mickey" McMorris lost his right leg in a freak accident while helping his cousin on the side of the road in October of last year. While recovering in a hospital bed at the University of Utah Alec, or "Mickey" as his friends call him, was about to get a visit from Chris Wingert, 31, a star soccer player for REAL Salt Lake.
Mickey said, "I’ll be honest when he came into the hospital I didn't know who Chris Wingert was because I wasn't such a big soccer fan."
But that quickly changed as these two unlikely friends met in that hospital room for the first time. Oddly enough, at that time Chris was going through his own hardship. A serious injury took him out of a playoff game. Chris said, "I slid in and took a knee to the ribs; it cracked my ribs and punctured my lung. I had to have a chest tube put in and was in the hospital for several days."
While recovering the team doctor asked Chris if he would visit "Mickey" at the hospital. As these two unlikely friends met for the first time Chris said it was Mickey's attitude that impressed him. For Mickey it was Chris' genuine concern
Chris was so impressed with Mickey's attitude he started helping raise money to help buy Mickey a prosthetic leg. He got his teammates involved and auctioned off team jerseys and other items. He said, "There are more prosthetics in the future that Mickey is hoping to get:"
Call it fate, call it a coincidence, but this chance meeting may have been destined. Wingert said, "We are friends way beyond his prosthetic or us meeting in the hospital. He's the type of person I want to surround myself with."
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By: Dan Rascon
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