HokieVision staff releases latest documentary

BLACKSBURG – HokieVision, the Virginia Tech Athletics Department’s video office, released its latest documentary Thursday, spotlighting former women’s basketball player Rayna DuBose, who overcame incredible odds to be one of the department’s greatest success stories.

DuBose, 34, enrolled at Virginia Tech in 2001 and played in 13 games during the 2001-02 season. On April 2, 2002, she felt extremely ill and two teammates took her to the local hospital. Doctors there diagnosed signs of meningococcal meningitis, a bacterial infection of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, and ordered her to be airlifted to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Virginia for treatment.

DuBose spent 96 days there, recovering after doctors amputated her hands and feet. They then sent her to Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore, where she spent another six weeks recovering near her Columbia, Maryland home.

DuBose gradually recovered and returned to Virginia Tech, graduating in 2007 with a degree in consumer studies. She has won multiple national awards for her courage, and today, she coaches basketball and works as a motivational speaker, while living in Maryland.

To view the documentary about her struggles and recovery, please click here.

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