A year and a half ago, Miami Hurricanes offensive lineman Hunter Knighton was fighting for his life while unknowingly having a case of the flu that turned incredibly serious. Today, according to Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post, Knighton has posted on Facebook that he is medically “cleared for everything.”
Back when Knighton first got sick, the university released a statement that addressed his medical issues.
In a statement released through the university Saturday, Knighton explained that February day he had “a 109 degree body temperature and [was] unknowingly suffering with the flu,” which resulted in him being “stricken by a heat stroke.”
With symptoms such as “brain swelling, multiple seizures, kidney and liver failure,” an unresponsive Knighton “was placed on a ventilator for twelve days during which time I fought one of the greatest battles of my life against a loss of blood platelets, double pneumonia, and fever.” “By God’s grace, and with an amazing medical team at both Doctor’s Hospital and UM Hospital and with a great support group of family, coaches, and friends,” Knighton was able to exit both ICU and the hospital two weeks after being admitted. Despite the medical setback, Knighton has no intention of giving up his football dream.
Now, the 6-foot-6, 278 pound former three-star recruit can look forward to getting back on the field and helping his team take the next step forward.
Upon getting a medical waiver approved, he will have four seasons of eligibility remaining. Miami hasn’t been terrible in four years under Al Golden, going 28-22 (16-16 ACC) in four seasons, but has been inconsistent and is looking to get back to the level of success it enjoyed throughout the 1990s.
With Knighton fully recovered and set to suit up again soon, getting back to that place could become easier.
Miami opens the 2015 campaign against Bethune-Cookman at Sun Life Stadium on September 5.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports