Weymouth, Mass. lacrosse player back on field after losing part of leg

Published On: Jun 17 2013 07:17:47 AM HST

After losing part of his leg in a car crash, Matt Freitas, 12, is back on the lacrosse field in Weymouth with a prosthetic that has lacrosse sticks decorating the stem.

"My doctor said I'd be in a walker for two months. It took two hours, and I'm getting better in walking," Matt said.

Just weeks after getting his new right leg, Matt returned to the field alongside his Weymouth Wildcats teammates.

"He's been really strong. Most kids when they break their legs they're out for the whole season. He only missed like half," teammate Dallas Marrocco said.

On Jan. 4, the sixth-grader was in a serious car crash in Maine.

"It was a Friday night, we were actually on a Boy Scout camping trip, going skiing and the accident occurred and Matt had to have his foot amputated that Friday night," said Matt's father, Scott Freitas.

Matt was back at Abigail Adams Middle School within two weeks, and while he couldn't yet play his sport he never left the team.

"He came to every practice, came to every game to help coaching," coach John Kelleher said.

"He's in his wheelchair, yelling louder than anybody I could hear on the field," coach Frank Younie said.

With plans to reach out to those that lost limbs in the Boston Marathon attack and offer support, Matt says it's attitude that carries him through.

"You shouldn't be a pessimist if anything bad happens to you; you should really be an optimist," Matt said.


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