Injured hockey coach calls surgery 'a success'

9:52 PM, Oct 2, 2013   |    comments
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ROBBINSDALE, Minn. - A hockey coach who suffered a serious injury while skating Sunday says she's feeling great following surgery Tuesday to stabilize her broken neck.

Laura Slominski, Head Coach of the Edina High School girls hockey team, posted a message on her CaringBridge site Wednesday morning. It reads:

Good morning Everyone,

First and foremost thanks for all the thoughts and prayers! All of your messages and kind words have kept a smile on my face and kept me strong. It is humbling to know how much love and support there has been for me and my family during this time. Words can not express how grateful I am.

I know you were kept updated yesterday, but I wanted to make sure I checked in to let everyone know that the surgery was a success and I am feeling great, all things considering. As a lay in bed I constantly think about how lucky and blessed I am, given my injury that I am still able to move and feel everything. My nurses said I must have had a guardian angel watching over me.

It sounds like today I will get to get up and start moving around a bit and will be transferred from icu to the main floor.

Thanks again for everything!

Love, Laura

Slominski crashed into the boards while playing in a game Sunday. She suffered an injury to her C5 vertebrae, which sits at the base of the neck. It can impact significant motor activity, but Slominski emphasized Tuesday through Edina High School Principal Bruce Locklear that she is not paralyzed.

In fact, Slominski posted a video on YouTube before Tuesday's 5-hour surgery showing that she could move her arms and wiggle her toes.


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