LCU volleyball player welcomed home after two brain surgeries
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD)
“This is like the best thing that has ever happened,” Malori said. “I just love ya’ll so much. God bless all of ya’ll, forever.”
The gathering took place at Green Lawn Church of Christ, where Malori’s father, Marray Maddox, spoke about this hardship their family experienced.
“Since that time,” he said, “it has just been an incredible, incredible journey.”
On November 10 last year, Malori played against Midwestern State, but had a severe headache after the game and collapsed.
“We had people go to their knees that night, to the [LCU] fountain that night,” Marray said, “praying fervently for the doctors to heal Malori.”
Doctors discovered Malori had a brain bleed that required immediate surgery in Wichita Falls. That saved her life before they flew her to a Dallas hospital, where she remained in ICU.
“For Malori to be here right now,” Marray said, “every detail had to be just right, and it was just right.”
“From that day on, every day could not have been any better,” Marray said.
That is how she earned her nickname, “Miracle Mal.”
“Her faith is so strong,” said Mallory Powell, Malori’s teammate, “and it makes my faith strong, and the team’s faith strong.”
While Malori had to relearn colors, shapes, numbers, and how to process speed, information and memory, she kept a smile throughout it all.
“We prayed to God,” Marray said, “that we would walk out of that hospital with Malori, holding hands.”
Although Malori was nauseated afterwards, doctors said they were pleased with her progress in this marathon.
“Malori’s touched a lot of lives,” Marray said, “and she’s touched our lives.”
As Malori walked into Green Lawn’s auditorium and saw it packed with her supporters Sunday evening, she realized her team is much larger than she ever expected.
“I pray that God blesses ya’ll just so abundantly,” she said, “and I feel like the most rich person in the whole world.”