A basketball miracle

Haley Madsen, an Acorn All-Star, overcomes serious medical setbacks

Simi Valley High girls’ basketball player Haley Madsen poses for a portrait at Simi Valley High School on May 31. MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers

In her darkest, most frightening moments, Haley Madsen always knew one thing.

She was a basketball player.

Sitting in her hospital bed after waking up from a coma, Madsen could not spell her own name— but she could shoot a crumpled up piece of paper into a trash can.

“Basketball has always been my love,” Madsen said. “I definitely had doubts...

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