Franklin Monroe's Conley beats rare disease, now a star on the hardwood

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ARCANUM, Ohio (WRGT) — Franklin Monroe junior Ethan Conley is a stud on the basketball floor.

He led the Jets with 22 points per game this season.

But looking at the physically impressive 6'3" Conley you'd never know he had a battle for his life growing up.

When he was 8 years old Ethan went to the hospital and was diagnosed with a very rare condition, viral myositis with rhabdomyolysis, a virus that attacks the muscle tissue and creates extreme levels of pain and swelling.

Doctors didn't think Conley had a good chance to live. Even if the boy survived it was likely that he would have to have his legs amputated, need a kidney transplant and/or need to be on dialysis the rest of his life.

Conley spent 33 days in the hospital before he was finally released. But miraculously not only was Ethan alive he didn't have his legs amputated, need a kidney transplant or require ongoing dialysis.

Eight years later Ethan's incredible story can be remembered simply by looking at his number 33 jersey when he plays.

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