I am home for the holidays and just watched a replay of the women's soccer Atlantic Coast Conference championship game. There is an extraordinary athlete from Florida State University who just completed her collegiate soccer career and who's story should be shared.
Sixth-year senior goalkeeper, Ali Mims, endured 20 surgical procedures on her leg during her college career. In the beginning of the 2002 she fractured her left leg in a scrimmage against Georgia and was forced to miss the entire season. Mims had a surgical procedure to correct the initial fracture, another because of acute compartment syndrome caused by an abnormal amount of swelling in the lower leg, 12 procedures to rid infection that had enveloped the area and even more surgeries to correct tendon problems caused by nerve damage and scar tissue suffered when her leg was broken. Just as she was set to return in 2003, the chronic infection in her leg became active once again forcing her to the sidelines for another year. More rehabilitation was needed to repair her body of the subsequent tendon problems and nerve damage.