SCPL Most Inspirational Athlete of the Year – Jacob Beltran, Upland

Jacob Beltran, Upland, Most Inspirational Athlete of the Year

Upland High School baseball player Jacob Beltran, center, with his family during the Southern California Prep Legends award show at ABC studios in Studio City, Calif., on Friday, June 10, 2016. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Award – Most Inspirational Athlete of the Year

Winner – Jacob Beltran, Upland

Diagnosed as having an arteriovenous malformation, Beltran had an extra vein in his brain that was nonfunctional. One morning before a baseball showcase in Orange County blood started to flow through that vein and his body didn’t know how to react, resulting in a seizure. The seizure caused Beltran to slip into a 24-hour coma that caused the right side of his body to be partially paralyzed. After more than seven months of rehabilitation, multiple invasive operations and several weeks in a hospital bed Beltran made it back to the baseball diamond.

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