MINNEAPOLIS - Benilde- St. Margaret's student Jack Jablonski is back in the hospital less than one week after being discharged to start rebuilding his life.
Jablonski, paralyzed after being check from behind in a hockey game last December, began suffering issues his family says are common to people with serious spinal cord issues.
Making the situation even more disappointing for Jack is that he and his brother Max were scheduled to throw out the first pitch before Wednesday's game between the Twins and Boston Red Sox at Target Field.
Instead, Jack's condition deteriorated and he was taken to the Abbott Northwestern Hospital, where he is reported in good condition.
On his CaringBridge site, his mother posted a heartfelt message to supporters.
Never did we think that Jack would land in the hospital just a week after his discharge from Sister Kenny. Then again, never did we think our son would suffer such a devastating injury playing the sport he loved so much.
But life is full of curve balls, isn't it? This one especially hit hard because Jack and Max were invited by the Minnesota Twins to throw out the first pitch in last night's game. Imagine how excited they were, and then how crushed we all felt as we watched Jack suffer from issues that are common to people with spinal cord injuries.
Usually these issues subside, but not this time. After several alarming incidents, it was time to head to the ER. Jack was admitted to the hospital, which is where I sit writing this entry.
A sense of darkness has hovered over us since last week when Jack was discharged from Sister Kenny. The reality of his condition is a constant reminder that our lives will never be the same. We've learned to accept life's challenges, even if we despise them and we know all too well that things can change in a heartbeat.
But now, more than ever, we know that although we're going to face a lot of disappointments, we can never give up hope and that it's so important to BEL13VE.
Jack was released just last week after spending three and a half months at Sister Kenny Institute, regaining partial use of his arms despite the diagnosis of a severed spinal cord. He moved into an apartment while the Jablonski family home is remodeled to be handicap accessible.
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