MRI alerts doctors to unsuspected brain tumor in Kingsport football player


KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL)-The Kingsport community is rallying around a Dobyns-Bennett High School student who is recovering from the removal of a brain tumor.

Sophomore Mykah Harris, a running back and linebacker for the Indians, was already sidelined earlier this season from a knee injury that likely saved his life, according to his mother, Miranda Harris.

“The doctor told us specifically, had your son been hit in the head during this time it would not have just injured your son. It would’ve killed your son,” she said.

Less than a week after his second knee surgery in late September, Mykah went in for what his mother described as a standard MRI.

That’s when doctors discovered a brain tumor that they suspected was fast-growing.

“Our whole life just changed on a Thursday night,” Harris said.

Within 24 hours, the family was on their way to Memphis, where Mykah would undergo an eight hour operation to remove the growth days later.

“The doctor felt he got all of the tumor out,” said Harris. “However, the tumor was so large that taking it out is what has caused all this severe swelling and damage to Mykah’s brain.”

Mykah is now back in Kingsport working to regain motor function, sight and speech.

“He’s a fighter, you can tell,” said DB Head Coach Joey Christian. “He’s improved so much from last week to this week.”

His teammates said Mykah is always lifting people up and they’re hoping to return the favor.

Christian recently paid Mykah a visit to drop off his jersey so he can continue to dress for Friday night football.

Before last week’s game, both Dobyns-Bennett and the opposing team had a moment of silence to pray for his recovery.

Tonight, wrist bands will be sold for $5 each to help the Harris family offset medical expenses from the recent surgery and future scans.

“It gives him the motivation to want to push through rehab because I guarantee nothing he’s going through right now is easy so he needs as much help as he can get,” said DB Football Captain Braxton Kulbacki.

“It makes him feel like he’s still apart of the team because he is,” added Captain Jet Harris.

If you cannot make it to Friday night’s game at J. Fred Johnson stadium as DB takes on Farragut, the team will also be selling the wrist bands on October 25th when Dobyns-Bennett takes on Science Hill!

“This has opened my eyes to how many loving people, even strangers, that have loved us like family and there’s no amount of thank yous that I could ever say as to how this has touched and effected our lives and I truly feel that’s what’s giving my son the driving force to be better everyday,” Harris said.

You can also donate to Mykah’s here.

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