H.S. Athlete Rebounds from Abuse to Opportunity
By By Jay Sorgi
He wasn't born with the name Howard Nolan, but Ernest Ross.
The Journal Sentinel says that as Ernest, he went through incredible physical and emotional abuse.
After he mistakenly put only hot water in a bathtub for his little sister, his birth mother put him in the bathtub and held him there.
It caused a burn that Children's Hospital said was the most one person had ever been burned, and lived.
His birth mother went to prison for three years.
Gary and Meg Nolan then adopted him and let him change his name, and his life.
Once, doctors said he'd never walk.
Now, Howard is playing on Whitefish Bay Dominican High School's top-ranked varsity basketball team.
He's also doing service counseling patients at Children's Hospital and he's on track to go to college.