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Recovery begins for a Maui teen whose leg was crushed by boulder

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A Maui teenager has a long road to recovery ahead after his leg was crushed by a boulder last month.

Malakai Baldwin, 16, was cliff jumping with a group of friends at Makaluapuna Point – better known as Dragon's Teeth – in late January.

The Lahainaluna High School student says a huge rock came loose as he climbed up a ledge, causing him to fall about 8 feet.

"I could see it in mid air. Something bad was going to happen," Baldwin said.

"I hit the ground and it landed on my leg  (there was) a huge crashing sound. It was so heavy I don't know how, but somehow I pushed it off my leg and then my leg had a 4 inch gash from knee to ankle, it was bent sideways at a 45 degree angle and my bone was sticking out of my leg," he added.

The teen was flown to Maui Memorial Medical Center where doctors put in a metal plate and rod into his leg.

After the accident, he also received some 300 stitches.

Baldwin says he's expected to make a full recovery in about 6 to 8 months, barring any complications such as infections.

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