Thursday, July 14, 2011

Paralyzed Rutgers Football Player Now Standing

Eric LeGrand, the Rutgers football player who was paralyzed in a Oct. 16 football game against Army, is able to finally stand again.

LeGrand tweeted two photos of himself standing with the assistance of a device during a therapy session.  LeGrand (@BigE52_RU) had tweeted last week that he had been able to move his arms "little by little."

It's an amazing sign of progress after LeGrand suffered a severe spinal cord injury after sustaining C3 and C4 vertebral neck fractures during a tackle made during the kickoff.  Paralyzed from the neck down, his prognosis was grim in the early months after his injury. Doctors never believed he'd be able to come off a ventilator and breathe on his own, let alone be able to walk again.

It took him only five months to come off the ventilator, vastly exceeding doctor expectations.  Earlier this year, in January, it was announced that he had regained sensation in his entire body, with the ability to also move his shoulders.  He is currently getting intensive rehab at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, a national leader in spinal cord rehabilitation.

You can express your support for him by contributing to the Eric LeGrand Believe Fund.

@BigE52_RU and his proud Mom

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