When Bella Secaira heard on Sept. 21 that she was cleared to play softball again, she said she remained calm on the outside.
Inside, she said she was "kind of shocked" when Newport Beach orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michael Gordon gave her the news.
The Newport Harbor High junior has always worked hard on the softball diamond. Secaira, a catcher, was the Daily Pilot Newport-Mesa Player of the Year last season for the Sailors.
In the past three-plus months, she's been working on rehabilitating herself after falling about 30 feet off the roof of an apartment building on June 3. She suffered a mild concussion and a collapsed lung. More serious was a spinal cord fracture that forced her to wear a neck brace for eight weeks.
Secaira went to Gordon to aide her recovery from the fracture. She has also been going to Dr. Scott Stoney of Newport Beach, for pain management and muscle recovery.