NORTON, OH (WOIO) - Matt McGlone was given tremendous gifts, a star high school athlete and the smarts to be ranked number one, academically, in his class at Norton High School. He worked extremely hard at developing those gifts, but his world came to a screeching halt in August, while preparing for his senior year on the football field, he was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm.
Now just months after surgery to repair the aneurysm, Matt is back on the basketball court, and he recently hit a three pointer at the buzzer to win a game for Norton in a tournament at Disney World in Florida. It has been a remarkable recovery.
Dr. Mark Bain, a Cerebral Vascular Neurosurgeon at the Cleveland Clinic, saved Matt's life and used a non-invasive procedure that greatly reduces the recovery time giving Matt the chance to get on the basketball court.
"Matt's done remarkably well, he's basically had no issues since the procedure," said Dr.Bain.
Matt was an all-state football player as a junior at Norton and that, combined with his academic success, had Ivy League schools recruiting him. But for now, football is on hold until he gets the okay that he is physically ready for that kind of contact. Matt for now, will continue follow up treatment at the Clinic.
"We basically monitor the aneurysm for two years and we think, and there is data that shows, if the aneurysm hasn't come back by two years it's very unlikely that it will," said Dr. Bain.
So football will have to wait, but Matt says, "I am lucky, it could have been a lot worse. I just don't take things for granted and realize life is pretty good right now. I am thankful for that."