Football season is seven weeks away, and local teams are doing conditioning drills to get ready for the season.
No team wants injuries at any time — but for Goddard, the team has already suffered a season-ending injury before putting the pads on.
Senior Dominic Chavez was severely injured on Wednesday night, and it didn’t take long for the word to spread about his injury. The Roswell community has immediately responded and offered support to the Chavez family.
“We all wish Dominic Chavez and his family our prayers and best wishes,” Roswell Independent School District athletic director Britt Cooper said.
Dominic’s parents Robert and Julie Chavez, and other family members issued a statement Friday evening that described their son’s injury, and thanked the community for the support they’ve received.
The statement reads: “On the evening of July 3, our son, Goddard senior football player Dominic Chavez, accidentally injured his neck during a drill at football practice.
“Dom broke C5 and there was a displacement of the C5/C6 vertebrae with spinal cord involvement. He had no feeling from his chest to his lower body and was unable to move his legs. He had some gross motor movement of his arms and some sensation but no fine motor skills.
“We were flown to UMC El Paso, Texas, where they rushed him into emergency surgery to fix the vertebrae and relieve the compression on his spinal cord. The surgery was completed early morning on Thursday.
“The doctors said, ‘It went very well and they got everything stabilized and did an MRI on Thursday that showed swelling of his spinal cord.’ We will have to wait until the swelling subsides before we will know more regarding his prognosis.
“The family has been overwhelmed by the love, generosity, and support from the entire Roswell community during this difficult time. Although the family has been unable to thank everyone individually, they would like everyone to know how much they appreciate everything the Roswell community has done for them. The family thanks the Roswell community for uplifting them and the support of their son, Dominic, during this time.”
The Chavez family also wished to thank the well-trained medical professionals in Roswell, firefighters, and EMTs, instrumental in helping Dominic, as well as the medical professionals in El Paso, Texas, involved in his care.
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