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Harris Co. HS senior graduating despite over 3 months hospitalization


In November 2013, 17-year-old P.K. Hollist was working on an Eagle Scout project with his father and brother when something went terribly wrong.

Hollist was installing a flag pole when the top of the pole hit overhead power lines. He suffered 4th degree burns, and spent more than three months in the hospital due to this accident.

"I'm just glad that I'm alive and I'm here today," Hollist said. "I'm glad that I can keep going with my life."

Hollist is now a graduating senior at Harris County High School, and one of the school's top students. He loves math, he played soccer and cross county, and Hollist was also in Beta Club and National Honor Society and more.

"I try to maintain good grades, and I've won several math awards," Hollist said. "I love math. I recently got into Brigham Young University in Utah for their accounting programs. This college is known for their top accounting program in the nation. However, if my foot doesn't get better, I'll just have to wait another year to go to college again."

Hollist has endured eight surgeries on his left foot, and he still has to undergo one more surgical operation. He also injured his left thigh, and his right hand.

"It actually took a third of my flesh off my foot and burned part of my bone," Hollist said. "They had to fill the missing parts and the hole, so they took one of my abdomen muscles out of my stomach to fill the gap. I will be able to walk, but it's going to take me a little while. The doctors had to repair my skin on my hand too. It's leathery and discolored, but I'll be okay."

Hollist said his father performed CPR to bring him back to life. He was taken to the Midtown Medical Center, and transported to the Burn Center in Augusta, Ga.

He stayed at the center for more than three months.

"I missed school and my friends," Hollist said. "I never thought I'd walk again. I continued to Skype into my AP Calculus and AP Chemistry classes. When I came back February, my teachers tutored me and helped me catch up. I was able to take my finals with my classmates in May, and I am glad that I can graduate now."

Hollist said he learned a lot through this painful experience.

"It's kind of matured me a little bit," Hollist said. "I've learned patience and humility. It's been a hard change, but it's been a good change. I learned to live life to the fullest. You get one chance at life. I also learned to be grateful for my friends, family and the opportunities given to me."

Hollist was recently honored with other high school students in the Chattahoochee Valley area at the 39th annual Page One Awards. He will be graduating with his classmates at Columbus State University on May 24, 2014.

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