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Alabama teen fulfills dream of catching swordfish

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Courtesy: Florida Keys News Bureau Courtesy: Florida Keys News Bureau
Courtesy: Florida Keys News Bureau Courtesy: Florida Keys News Bureau

ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP/WSFA) - A 19-year-old Alabama high school graduate who is confined to a wheelchair and legally blind has fulfilled a dream by reeling in a 105-pound swordfish off the Florida Keys.

In September 2008, Prickett had an almost fatal reaction to intravenous contrast dye administered during an MRI to examine his pituitary gland. He ended up going into cardiac arrest from a severe allergic reaction to the IV contrast dye and for 45 minutes he had no heartbeat, but he survived. He was in a coma for 12 days, was left with severe motor-control deficiencies and couldn't speak above a whisper.

Enduring years of rehabilitation, Logan has adapted -- fueled by an incredible drive, a drive that's enabling him to graduate among the top 10 students in his class at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School.

"I'm actually not supposed to be here. I should be dead, but I'm not and being able to graduate high school in the top ten out of my school is just amazing," Logan said.

"I think when someone looks at Logan and they see all of the things that he's had to overcome- it's hard for me to say I'm having a bad day or that I can't do something that day. When you look at Logan, he's blind. He can see color and motion but no detail. He doesn't have the motor control to write but yet, he's still is accomplishing things that most people just say they wish they could do. Well,  he's doing it because he has the drive to not give up," his mother, Tammy, said. "I'm so proud of him that he doesn't give up and I know one day I'll see him with a bachelor's degree or masters degree or maybe I'll even call him Doctor Prickett one day."

Before the medical incident that nearly cost him his life, Logan enjoyed the outdoors and loved hunting and fishing. 

The Florida Keys tourism council revealed to WSFA how Logan came to fulfill his dream of nabbing a swordfish on a trip after his graduation. 

Logan's friend, Hunter Mills, came across an episode of the 2013 Weather Channel mini-series called Reel Rivals that chronicled the lives of four charter boat fishing captains at Bud N'Mary's Marina in Islamorada. 

The episode he found showcased sword fishing off the Florida Keys and the two friends watched it together, Mills explaining the visuals to Prickett. 

When Logan's mom mentioned a post-high school graduation trip months ago, both teens told her they wanted to catch a swordfish in the "Sportfishing Capital of the World."

They chartered 29-year-old Nick Stanczyk, skipper of the Bn'M2, who has led a number of clients to trophy game fish in the Keys waters. On their first day of fishing, they lost two swordfish. 

The next day, the first swordfish that was hooked stayed on the line and Logan used an electric-assist reel to crank a 105-pounder to the boat and ran his hand along the fish's tail and bill. Stanczyk said it was the happiest he'd every felt for someone catching a fish. 

Logan will attend Auburn University Montgomery in the fall for business management. He hopes to go on to earn a degree in Aquaculture from Auburn University and one day open and manage his own fish hatchery. 
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