COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The outcome of Saturday’s Ohio State-Wisconsin game wasn’t exactly what Isaiah Mullins hoped for, but for the Badgers’ defensive end, coming back to Columbus to play in The ‘Shoe was a big deal.
For a kid out of Harvest Prep in Columbus, who wasn’t supposed to walk and talk, it’s a comeback story 23 years in the making.
Taking care of his mother, Charlotte Thomas-Frazier, is Mullins’ top job, just like taking care of him has been Thomas-Frazier’s job for 23 years.
“At the time, I was a single mom with a premature baby and I had no clue,” Thomas-Frazier said.
When Mullins was six months old, she found the Childhood League Center.
“When he turned three and came into the preschool program was when I met Isaiah,” said Diane Ingber, Mullins’ preschool teacher.
“He might not be able to walk, he might not be able to talk,” Thomas-Frazier recalls the doctors telling her.
Born 14 weeks premature and weighing just more than two pounds, Mullins had a traumatic brain bleed and global delays.
“He received occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and intervention specialist,” Ingber said.
And just look at him now.