MINNEAPOLIS - Injured Benilde-St. Margaret's hockey player Jack Jablonski is ready to begin the next phase in his recovery from an incident that left him paralyzed.
A post on his Caring Bridge site says Jack is leaving Hennepin County Medical Center on Monday and moving to Sister Kenny Rehabilitation at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
Jablonski has shown improvement in movement in his hands and arms, a development that wasn't necessarily expected by doctors after it was discovered that his spinal cord had been severed.
The post on his CaringBridge site reads as follows:
The time has come for Jack to move on to the next phase of his journey. He'll be leaving HCMC tomorrow and enter Sister Kenny Rehabilitation at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
We'll miss the wonderful doctors, nurses, and staff at HCMC and can't thank them enough for the outstanding care they gave to our son.
Please keep Jack in your thoughts and prayers as he ventures into rehab. We don't know what lies ahead, but we're optimistic that Jack will accomplish tremendous feats and continue to make progress beyond belief.
We'll keep you posted...
The news is also good for injured girls hockey player Jenna Privette, who also left HCMC and moved to a rehab facility. She posted a message on her Caring Bridge site as to leave no doubts that she does not blame the game of hockey for her partial paralysis.
People say you pick the sport but that's wrong, the sport picks you. 15 years ago a great sport picked me and I have enjoyed every girl I have played with, every game day, every warm up locker room moment, and every shift. But I have to say I have had the time of my life with Minnehaha Saints. I want to thank every girl from the team. We walked in strangers and became sisters! To every hockey player, enjoy the game and play every shift like it's your last!
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