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    Paralyzed player undergoes surgery today

    Paralyzed player undergoes surgery today
    Family of Murrah High School senior optimistic after brighter diagnosis
    Todd Kelly • • August 26, 2008

    The parents of a Murrah High School football player paralyzed Saturday are hopeful today's spinal surgery will lead to his complete recovery.

    Lawerance Williams, a 17-year-old senior cornerback, has been in intensive care at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson since being injured in an intrasquad scrimmage at the Jackson school. Williams was able to speak and move his arms Monday but had no movement below the chest. He sustained a T3 and T4 lumbar fracture. The two vertebrae are located between the shoulder blades.

    Jessie Williams, Lawerance's father, said the initial diagnosis over the weekend wasn't good. A second opinion offered reason for optimism.

    "It's been a 100 percent turnaround," Jessie Williams said. "When we first came in, (the doctors) said his spine was severed, he wasn't going to walk again and that was it.

    "We spoke with the neurosurgeon earlier (Monday), and he said the results of the test didn't show a tear. He only saw a pinched nerve. That's going to be a plus going into surgery.

    "The doctors told us they're going to go in and put screws and rods in and fuse some of his bones together with bones from his ribs. We're thinking that's going to relieve the pressure off the spinal cord and he'll regain 100 percent mobility in his legs."

    The 5-foot-10, 155-pound Williams was injured making a tackle, Murrah coach Zack Grady said.

    Spinal injuries often are the result of a player making initial contact with the top of his helmet.


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    I hope they are right...but I am afraid that they may be expecting something that will not necessarily happen.
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