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For as big a football fan as I am, I read stories like this one, and sometimes I question the love I have for the game. That the part I enjoy most, the solid hits and game changers, are also sometimes the ones that dramatically change lives. You may have heard of the story of Tulane football player, Devon Walker, who fractured his spine while making a tackle on September 8, 2012. Here's an update on his progress and determination from Yahoo! Sports:
Everything wasn't OK. A doctor who tended to Walker would compare the collision to a car wreck, or when a diver hits an unseen rock underneath shallow water. Walker's vertebrae squeezed against his spinal cord so forcefully that it cut off his breathing mechanism and nearly severed the cord altogether. If it weren't for the quick response of both Tulsa and Tulane medical staff tending to him as his blood pressure fell, Walker would have died on the field.
Eight months later, everything still isn't OK. Three hours of surgery fused the bones in Devon's neck and took the pressure off his spinal cord, but severe damage was done. Breathing and speaking returned slowly, but according to Walker's doctor, significant neurological recovery is "unlikely."
It's a tragic story where Devon Walker is now, yet he somehow exudes a calm with the challenge in front of him. That's how he's always been. Unlikely is a difficult word for a young man in a wheelchair to face, but unlikely describes just about everything Devon Walker has already accomplished in his life.
It's great piece, worth the read.
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