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A Boy With A Rare Brain Disorder Got To Score A Touchdown Thanks To A High School Football Team

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Ben Holloway was diagnosed with dural arteriovenous fistula, a rare brain disorder, in April 2014. The 4-year-old was immediately sent to undergo multiple intensive brain surgeries over the course of a year.

The illness causes "vascular anomalies formed by an abnormal connection between arteries and veins that normally drain the brain" and is usually fatal in children.
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The illness causes "vascular anomalies formed by an abnormal connection between arteries and veins that normally drain the brain" and is usually fatal in children.

After being told by doctors that the now 5-year-old would never be able to play football, his hometown high school, Murray County High School, had a better idea: The team organized a "game" for him to play in — and score his very own touchdown.

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His father, Joshua Holloway, told BuzzFeed, "I work with the president of the Murray County High School Touchdown Club. He knows all about his situation, and one day in my office, we came up with the idea of letting Ben on the field. He took it and ran with it from there."

Ben, dressed in his helmet and uniform, grabbed the ball from the quarterback and started running. "Ben's reaction was like a kid at Christmas," Joshua said.

With a little help from his Chatsworth, Georgia, team, Ben got back up and sprinted toward the end zone. Go, Ben, go!

A few yards later, he did it! Six points for team Ben!

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Joshua told BuzzFeed, "He stood in the sideline with the team the whole first half and had the biggest smile on his face as he crossed the goal line. It's something I'll never forget."

His dad and referee was waiting to lift him up in celebration.

"He is a walking, talking, touchdown-scoring miracle," Joshua commented on his son's video.
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"He is a walking, talking, touchdown-scoring miracle," Joshua commented on his son's video.

Ben has since gone through one more surgery, and is so excited to be starting kindergarden. If you want to learn more and subscribe to Ben's updates, you can visit his GoFundMe page.

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