Injured St. Croix Lutheran hockey player Jenna Privette begins physical therapy

6:43 AM, Jan 12, 2012   |    comments
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WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The family of the female hockey player injured in a high school game Friday says she is starting physical therapy.

St. Croix Lutheran School president Gene Pfeifer said Jenna Privette's mother told school officials Jenna has a concussion-like injury to her spine. According to Jenna's brother Jake Privette, she can feel some sensation in her arms but still nothing in her legs. Jake said even though Jenna started physical therapy this week, no one knows how long recovery will take.

At St. Croix Lutheran High School, a sea of blue shirts filled the halls and the lunchroom instead of the usual red to honor their injured classmate.

"We're keeping you in our prayers. We're thinking of you every day and we just want you home safe and sound," said classmate Maria Gruetzmacher.

In the auditorium, a "get well" video was being filmed Wednesday. The hope is to put a smile on Jenna's face. In a new picture released by the family Wednesday, Jenna is seen propped up on a hospital bed with a little smirk on her face. Jake said she is still in a lot of pain but is slowly improving.

"It's going to be a long fight," Jake said. "A long battle, day-in day-out type thing. [We're] taking each hour as it comes and go from there."

Jenna was injured in a game she'd dedicated to 16-year-old Jack Jablonski, a Benilde-St. Margaret's hockey player paralyzed in a Dec. 30 game.

A fund has been set up to help the family with medical expense. Donations can be made to the "Jenna Privette Fund" at any Anchor Bank location or at St. Croix Lutheran High School.

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