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Boy with spine injury able to throw out first pitch

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We first told you about little Micah Andrews more than a year and a half ago after his family was in a terrible car accident.

At only 2 years old at the time-- it looked as though Micah might not make it. Doctors say he was "internally decapitated."

Tuesday, now at age 4, he threw out the first pitch at the Diamondbacks game.

When we covered this story almost two years ago it was anything but a sure thing that little Micah Andrews would make a full recovery. He had to go through extensive rehab for an injury that typically produces paralysis.

Well, that little boy was in rare form tonight.

The bright lights of the ball park didn't faze little Micah Andrews. He walked onto Chase Field, confident of what he wanted to do on the mound.

"I like to say whoosh and do it," the 4-year-old said. "The guys are gonna catch it!"

The pitch and catch is the easy part of Micah's life. He's already beaten the unthinkable condition of internal decapitation after an auto accident in 2010.

Little Micah's skull detached from his spine. He could have easily been a quadriplegic or the accident could have taken his life. But it didn't -- and his parents recognize just how incredible, if unlikely, their 4-year-old's journey has been.

"We never would have expected this surely, but we certainly hoped for it, but this far exceeded anybody's expectations," said John Andrew, Micah's father.

"This is so exciting like a once in a lifetime type of thing and for him to experience this is just amazing," said mom Heather.

It's every little boys dream to pitch in the big leagues and the chance to throw out that first pitch at a D'backs game, for little Micah, especially considering what he's been through over the last couple of years, is a dream come true.

"To see him standing here and to see him having progressed over the last couple of years has been really a miracle," said Dr. Nicolas Theodore of Barrow Neurological Institute.

All-star Wade Miley made the call and little Micah Andrews threw out the first and the second pitch -- an unforgettable moment that almost never was.

Dr. Theodore and everyone at the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joe's deserve a whole lot of credit for little Micah's comeback -- his family couldn't say enough about the care and the treatment at that facility.

As for Micah he's your typical 4-year-old and he loves the D'backs.

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