St. Louis High School Hockey Player Paralyzed During Game

01/06/2012 // WPB, FL, USA // Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

St. Louis, MN — A teenager will not walk again after his spinal cord was severed while playing in a high school hockey game last Friday, December 31, 2011, reports Fox News.

Doctors initially believed that Jack Jablonski, 16, a junior varsity player at Benilde-St. Margaret’s, suffered a bruised spinal cord and broken vertebrae when he was accidentally checked from behind during a hockey tournament.

But instead, Jablonski suffered broken vertebrae and a severed spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed and unable to walk again. Jablonski currently has some movement in his right shoulder, but will not experience any movement below his elbow.

On Wednesday, Hennepin County Medical Center doctors performed a successful spinal fusion surgery.

The Minnesota State High School League asked hockey coaches and school officials to review safety practices with teams.

According to Wikipedia, “checking” in hockey is a defensive move used in a number of different variables like body check, hip checking, stick checking, shoulder checking, etc.

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