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Old 10-20-2010, 06:19 PM   #1
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Default Rutgers player paralyzed from the neck down

Here is the play he hurt himself. He went to make the tackle, put his head down but left his body too far up, he crushed his nerves in his neck.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010; 4:31 PM

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The 72-hour window of hope has come and gone for paralyzed Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand without word on whether he has had any feeling or movement below his neck.

Coach Greg Schiano had no medical update on LeGrand's condition after the team practiced on Wednesday, the fourth day since the junior defensive tackle was paralyzed from the neck down making a tackle on a kickoff return against Army on Saturday afternoon.

Some doctors believe if a person who sustained a spinal cord injury does not have some feeling or movement within 72 hours, there is little chance of recovery.

Schiano is adamant in his belief LeGrand will walk again.

To honor their teammate, Rutgers players have put a sticker on the front of their helmets with the word "believe."

"When they look at it, they will see it," Schiano said of the sticker.

Dr. Roy Vingan, a neurosurgeon with the North Jersey Brain and Spine Group, said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday that there is set time to determine the extent of a spinal cord injury.

From his personal experience, however, Vingan said spinal cord patients who exhibit no evidence of neurological function below the area of injury within 24 to 72 hours do not make a significant recovery. He said there have been one or two exceptions in the time he has practiced, but the number is very low.

"Seventy-two hours is a reasonable amount of time I think, and many would agree, to access the patient; that if there is no function within 72 hours, it is unlikely there will be a recovery."

While Vingan is associated with Hackensack University Medical Center, where LeGrand had surgery and is being treated, he was unable to comment on the case because of federal privacy laws. The family has authorized Rutgers to release information about the 20-year-old LeGrand of Avenel.

Strides have been made in helping patients live with spinal cord injuries over the last 25 years, Vingan said.
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This is such a sad, sad story.

To honor their teammate, Rutgers players have put a sticker on the front of their helmets with the word "believe."
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