In August, 14-year-old DeKota Green of Binger had to have his left leg amputated below the knee after the 4-wheeler he was a passenger on was broad-sided by a pick-up truck at the intersection of a Caddo County road.
DeKota was life-flighted to the University of Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City where he spent 25 days in the hospital and endured eight surgeries.
“He had a long recovery due to infection,” said his mother, Jennifer Green.
After countless hours of physical therapy and being equipped with a prosthetic leg, DeKota was determined this fall to pursue his passion: bow hunting.
“He’s not into gun hunting, but he loves to bow hunt,” Jennifer said. “The people at Scott Sabolich (prosthetics) helped put DeKota back on his feet.”
Upon release from the Bethany Childrens Center after rehabilitation, the first thing DeKota did was buy a new Mathews bow. He began rebuilding his strength so he could bow hunt this fall.
Since DeKota couldn’t climb into a tree stand, he acquired a ground blind to hunt in.
The effort paid off. While hunting near his home in rural Caddo County on Oct. 20, DeKota was rewarded with the biggest buck of his life: a 12-point buck that rough-scored 153 5/8.
The buck field-dressed at 159 pounds. DeKota bagged his trophy buck less than three months after the accident that cost him a leg and almost his life.
“(It) didn’t look like he possibly could be ready for this season, but a lot of prayers and determination on his part turned into a successful deer season,” Jennifer said.