Spinal cord injury of paralyzed Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand reclassified as 'incomplete'

Published: Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 1:35 PM

The spinal cord injury sustained by Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand, who was paralyzed during a game against Army on Oct. 16, has been reclassified from a complete spinal cord injury to an incomplete spinal cord injury, the LeGrand family announced today through the Rutgers sports information department.

"Having an incomplete injury is a better overall prognosis than having a complete injury," said Steven Kirshblum, the medical director of the Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation, where LeGrand is currently receiving treatment, speaking generally about spinal cord injuries.

Kirshblum, however, was careful to point out that spinal cord injuries are unique to the patient.

"Every case is individualized," Kirshblum said. "One should always maintain hope."

The family also announced that LeGrand, a 20 year old from Avenel, has been removed from a ventilator and is able to breathe on his own for first time since the injury.