MINNEAPOLIS - The family of Jack Jablonski says the paralyzed prep hockey player is able to "take in the world" from a vertical position with the help of a special chair.
On Jablonski's CaringBridge website, his family writes that they were able to give him a tour of the floor at Hennepin County Medical Center where he's been hospitalized since his injury in a Dec. 30 hockey game. The 16-year-old Benilde-St. Margaret sophomore suffered a severed spinal cord at the neck and two fractured vertebrae after he was checked from behind and hit the boards.
Family members say Jablonski is getting stronger every day and will soon be ready for rehabilitation. He has been able to move his arms below the triceps, a movement that doctors thought would be unlikely.
The full post from Jack's CaringBridge site:
Rise and Shine
Imagine what it must be like to stare at the ceiling for days (11 to be exact), and not see the world in any other way. Seems crazy, doesn't it? But that's how Jack was seeing his world since he hit the ice on December 30th.
Imagine how excited he was when he first sat up a week ago today. There's a special chair (the pink chair) in which Jack can sit for short periods of time and take in the world from a vertical position. We were able to wheel him around the hospital floor and give him a tour of where he'd been since he arrived after his injury. It was fascinating to hear how he thought things looked versus what he saw once he sat up.
Needless to say, we're thrilled that Jack is able to sit up several times a day. In the meantime, he's thoroughly enjoying the prism glasses that a woman from Ohio sent to him. They're very cool because they allow him to see things from a normal point of view even though he's lying down.
Jack is getting stronger by the day, and that brings him closer to moving on to rehab. We're excited for him to begin the next chapter of his life, which we anticipate to be some time in the next week.
We're forever grateful for all of your support. The cards, gifts, prayers, and good wishes have meant the world to us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
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