South Carolina Teen Who Loses Arm in Farming Accident Still Fishes, Hunts, and Plays Lacrosse


A South Carolina high school sophomore isn’t going to let his handicap keep him from doing what he enjoys.

The teenager, who lost his right arm six months ago in a farming accident, when it became trapped in a hay baler during a harvest, is now competing on his school’s lacrosse team and still fishing, one his favorite pastimes. 

Three professional anglers visited him recently, while they were in town to attend the Bassmaster Classic. They stopped by to say hello and pay respects.

Jacob Powroznik, Greg Hackney, and Anthony Gagliardi came to Conner’s lacrosse practice last week.

“What happened to Conner was tragic, it could have went a lot of different ways,” Powroznik said.

“We’re not here to inspire, we’re here because we are inspired by Conner,” said Gagliardi.

A GoFundMeTo help with medical and prosthetic costs, a special account was established. “Conner is an awesome person and great kid with an infectious smile and joyful spirit,” organizer Kaitlin Distler wrote on the site.

Conner believes that it is important to keep going. 

“Whatever happens in life, just let it happen,” Conner shared his thoughts with WHNS-TV. “God’s got a plan and you’re going to do good either way.”