Artist turns tragedy into triumph

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Koby Hyde is a young man who was dealt a serious blow.

It's something that would set most folks back, let alone a teenager with a life full of dreams ahead of him. Five years later that dream is still very much alive, but in a different way.

It's not hard to see that Hyde is a talented artist, but it isn't the brushes and paint that drives him. His ability to bring the canvas alive is inspired by the canvas of life, which not too long ago dealt this one-time aspiring athlete a serious blow.

"I was actually 15 years old, first of March. It was slick. Me and my friends decided to go play basketball and we hydroplaned and it flipped a couple times and it jarred my head and it's called shaken baby syndrome, if you haven't heard of that, and the minutes turned to hours and the hours turned to days and I was in a coma for six days," he said.

Through faith, family and friends, Hyde was able to rise above the confusion and once again connect his life to a purpose: that purpose being painting:

"I believe art has helped me with my brain injury. It helps you and empowers your brain and you're always thinking and gotta get creative and make sure you're thinking in other ways, it helped out with my recovery a lot," he said.

Hyde's will to work through adversity enabled him to overcome a setback which would derail most. His strokes are as precise as his goals and desire to succeed.

"I want to take art to the next level. I feel like our generation doesn't appreciate art as much as they used to," he said.

Hyde's advice to others comes from the lady he admired and captured so brilliantly with his work, Pat Summitt, a legendary women's basketball coach from the University of Tennessee. She passed away from Alzheimer's disease last year.

"Just take it one day at a time and eventually it's all gonna be OK. Everything's gonna be OK," said Hyde.

Now at 20-years-old, Hyde is enjoying his second chance. He wants people to know that there's always a light at the end of the tunnel and to never give up. By the way you can see some of his work on Twitter at @kobyhyde89 and on Instagram at kobyhyde_art.

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