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Parker Byrd was seriously injured after a boating accident in North Carolina, officials said.

Screenshot of Mitzi Lee Byrd’s Facebook page

A college baseball player is showing promise after a serious boating injury in North Carolina, his mother has said.

Parker Byrd, a freshman at East Carolina University in Greenville, was slipping on a creek when officials said part of a boat hit his legs on July 23. he needed surgeryhe narrowly missed being more seriously injured.

“The helix came within 1 millimeter of cutting that nerve in half and if that had happened he would have lost his whole leg, according to the surgeon,” his motherthat The Laurinburg Exchange and 247Sports have identified as Mitzi Lee Byrd, wrote July 28 on Facebook.

Almost a week after the call, she said her son was still on the mend. She shared an update from her surgeon in an online post.

“He says P will be able to walk, run and lead a normal life,” the mother wrote. “I know many have asked and wondered about his future in baseball. He said he couldn’t guarantee it, but it was definitely possible he could get back on the ballpark with intensive therapy and hard work.

As Parker Byrd keep recovering, his friends and teammates flocked to his hospital window to show their support. Photos show Byrd getting emotional as friends hold signs and balloons atop a nearby parking lot.

“We broke the window and they shouted our best wishes,” her mother wrote. “I can’t tell you what that meant to him. Seeing the love and support from his best friends and seeing that they were there for him…I have no words! He perked up so much after that.

In response to a request for information on the case, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, in an emailed statement, told McClatchy News that two tubers were on Bath Creek in the east of North Carolina, when a “rope got caught” in the propeller, pulling one of them towards a boat. The propeller cut off both of his legs.

“He was immediately grabbed by his friends on the ship and pulled out of the water,” the statement read. “They applied a tourniquet.”

They reported a boat that had a nurse on board, who helped them figure out how to use another tourniquet. The injured tuber was then airlifted to a greenville hospitalaccording to officials.

Byrd was an infielder when he attended Scotland High School in Laurinburg. He signed up for the ECU Pirates, a team that was 46-21 and ranked among the top programs in Division 1 last season, McClatchy News reported.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Parker Byrd and his family,” ECU Sporting Director Jon Gilbert said in a written statement. “We are focused on him and the recovery process. Coach (Cliff) Godwin and our baseball staff supported the family during their time of need.

Mitzi Lee Byrd did not immediately share any additional information with McClatchy News on July 25.

Greenville is about 85 miles east of Raleigh.

Simone Jasper is a reporter who covers breaking news for The News & Observer and real-time news in the Carolinas.