Doctors confirm Benilde-St. Margaret's hockey player unable to walk

11:03 AM, Jan 5, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - The family of Benilde-St. Margaret sophomore Jack Jablonski received bittersweet news after Jack's surgery Wednesday.

Neurosurgeon Dr. Walter Galicich said in a news conference Thursday that he does not expect Jablonski to regain any movement back in his legs or left arm.  Galicich says Jablonski only has some movement in his right shoulder and bicep.  Jablonski also has no movement in his extremities.

Doctors were successful in and fusing Jack's vertebrae on Wednesday.  He remains in ICU at Hennepin County Medical Center but is expected to be transferred to rehab by the weekend.

His family posted this statement on Jack's CaringBridge site late Wednesday informing all of Jack's followers about the surgery:

Never Give Up

It is with a heavy heart that we write this entry tonight. Jack's surgery today to fuse his vertebrae was a success, but it also confirmed that his injury was horrific.

Jack has limited mobility and no movement in his lower body. As we feared, he will not be able to walk or skate. This news is devastating to Jack and everyone who loves him. Our hope and dream is that he will be able to prove this prognosis wrong.

Our priority is to help Jack accept and transition into his new life, a life that we did not plan, but one that we have to embrace. We have a mountain to climb, but with your support, we know that Jack's youth, strength and determination will help him make remarkable strides.

It's been a difficult day, but now we know what lies ahead. Words cannot express our gratitude for the global support that Jack has received. Keep your thoughts and prayers coming.

Jack was injured after being checked in the back during a hockey game against Wayzata High School on December 31.

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