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Shy
09-12-2007, 08:51 PM
Everett's mother hopeful for son's recovery


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Patricia Dugas reached out, touched Kevin Everett's arm and asked her son if he could feel her hand. Everett -- lying in a hospital bed, barely awake and hooked to life support systems -- nodded yes.
"I can't even explain it to you, he's like a miracle," Dugas said, her voice breaking in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.
Everett's mother spoke publicly for the first time Wednesday, one day after doctors reversed Everett's grim prognosis when he voluntarily moved his arms and legs.
"That's right. They're surprised themselves," Dugas said. "They don't know Kevin Everett (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/players/7262). Oh, man, I always told him when he was a little boy, 'You show them better than you can tell them.' He's going to be fine. I really believe it."
She said Everett can shake his head, even throw it back in laughter. He has trouble speaking because of a breathing tube, so instead she said Everett is using a device to spell out words on a screen by hitting letters with a pen in his mouth.
Dugas left her home in Port Arthur, Texas, on Monday not knowing whether her son, the Bills reserve tight end, would ever walk again after sustaining a life-threatening spinal cord injury.
On Tuesday, everything changed as she watched her son move his limbs and feel her touch when he was partially awakened from a sedated state.
"Based on our experience, the fact he's moving so well, so early after such a catastrophic injury means he will walk again," said Dr. Barth Green, chairman of the department of neurological surgery at the University of Miami school of medicine. "It's totally spectacular, totally unexpected."
Emotionally drained yet genuinely upbeat, Dugas let out a big laugh in discussing how difficult the last four days have been.
"Happy," said Dugas, who joined her son at his bedside at Buffalo's Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital on Monday. "I'm extremely happy. I'm grateful."
Everett sustained the injury Sunday after ducking his head while tackling the Denver Broncos' Domenik Hixon during the second-half kickoff of the Bills' season opener. He dropped face-first to the ground after his helmet hit Hixon high on the left shoulder and side of the helmet.
"It's feasible, but it's not 100 percent predictable at this time ... he could lead a normal life," said Green, who added he has been consulting with doctors in Buffalo since Everett was injured.
In a report Tuesday evening, Buffalo's WIVB-TV quoted Bills orthopedic surgeon Dr. Andrew Cappuccino as saying: "We may be witnessing a minor miracle."
Dugas is certain.
"We're going to take it slow getting him up on his feet, but we hope to see him walk out of here," she said. "He has a strong will and determination. I tell you, he's not going to settle for this. You're all going to see a miracle."



Shy

butterfly
09-12-2007, 11:06 PM
hmm...miracles do happen...

MadTownDude
09-14-2007, 04:02 AM
It will be great if this player gets okay and walks normally....truly miraculous...I hear the new cold treatment might get credited for this....

With the amount of contact you see in any NFL game its lucky this does not happen too often....Often NFL players are talked about the money they make but the amount of work their bodies gets subjected to makes them truly superhuman!!

butterfly
09-14-2007, 02:14 PM
It will be great if this player gets okay and walks normally....truly miraculous...I hear the new cold treatment might get credited for this....

With the amount of contact you see in any NFL game its lucky this does not happen too often....Often NFL players are talked about the money they make but the amount of work their bodies gets subjected to makes them truly superhuman!!

Hi MTD,
Nice to see u here :)

Teena
09-14-2007, 09:32 PM
It will be great if this player gets okay and walks normally....truly miraculous...I hear the new cold treatment might get credited for this....

With the amount of contact you see in any NFL game its lucky this does not happen too often....Often NFL players are talked about the money they make but the amount of work their bodies gets subjected to makes them truly superhuman!!

I thought you are busy at work.:think: You are talking sports here.:eek: Don't just sit in sports you better visit other forums.:rolleyes::evil:

tinker
09-14-2007, 09:35 PM
I thought you are busy at work.:think: You are talking sports here.:eek: Don't just sit in sports you better visit other forums.:rolleyes::evil:

Duhhhhhhhhhhh... he posted it last night ...

Teena
09-14-2007, 09:40 PM
Duhhhhhhhhhhh... he posted it last night ...

When I saw Today I thought he posted it from his office.:o

vasan
09-14-2007, 09:53 PM
Not just contacts, MTD.. Sadly the practices are even worse. As it happens, the training camp is in the middle of summer both for college and for NFL, and these guys train easily at 100 F weather wearing all those clothes for protection..

Several college players, and notably Corey Stringer (Vikings) died few years back..

Contact injuries are the most unfortunate. You plan a particular offensive tackle, and one mishit, or step away by the other team, you are in deep trouble.. No complaints about the money make - not with the kind of beating they take on the field..

v-

MadTownDude
09-14-2007, 11:53 PM
Hey Butterfly....good to see you too!!

Yea Vasan....the worse sight in the fast paced exciting sport is the sight of player carried away unconscious....

and then you see Jerry Rice,Emmitt,Irvin,etc surviving the murderous defence and you really wonder how they all made it thru their 10+ seasons....