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Paralyzed Rutgers Player Comes Home


The family of paralyzed Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand has informed the school that he has been released from the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation and will live with his aunt in Jackson.

LeGrand was paralyzed from the shoulders down when he suffered a spinal cord injurywhile making at tackle in a game on October 16th, 2010 against Army. He spent the time from November 8 until the end of March 2011 recuperating.

“This is an exciting day for me to return to living with family,” LeGrand said in a statement. “My family and I can’t thank Kessler enough for all the tremendous care and support I received as I continue rehab from my injury. It has meant so much to me to receive so many well wishes and prayers from everyone.”

LeGrand continues to rehabilitate as an outpatient twice a week at the Kessler Rehabilitation Center located in Ocean Township, and once a week at the Kessler facility in West Orange.

Experts could find no other updates on LeGrand’s condition at the time, but they were able to find a statement that said he has experienced full sensation in his entire body. He can also move his shoulders. The American Spinal Association impairment scale classifies his injuries as a Level B “incomplete” injury.

The director of spine surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine department of orthopedics, characterized an incomplete injury as “a spinal cord injury where sensory but not motor function is preserved below the neurological level.” People with the Level B spinal cord injury classification have a 20 to 30 percent chance of “to regain motor (function) or even walking”, said the director of spine surgery. Doctors in New York City and Long island have studied this case.

“No one can predict what’s going to happen,” he told a family friend.

LeGrand is taking college courses via teleconferencing, as well as making a number of public appearances. He is working hard to raise money for his Believe Fund, and has been spotted watching his former teammates get ready for the NFL draft at Rutgers.”

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