Goddard senior football player Dominic Chavez has shown a remarkable will to continue getting better.
It has been a month since Dominic was injured at football practice on July 3. Dominic’s father, Robert, on Saturday provided the Daily Record sports department with another update on his son’s recovery.
“His health is improving daily,” Robert Chavez said. “Breathing, sleeping and eating are all better, which is a big step. Occupational therapy and physical therapy are one-on-one with a therapist, each scheduled for an hour a day, Monday through Friday.”
Robert said Dominic also participates in teen-only group therapy that focuses on “education and relearning day-to-day activities,” as well as therapy that helps participants “adapt and learn new recreation activities.”
On Monday, Dominic will start a new weightlifting strength and conditioning class, Robert said.
“In addition to the other things on his schedule, our week has flown by,” Robert said. “So much for us to learn and understand as a family. He’s still so early in the process. The thing that has been emphasized the most is that the future is unwritten. Though there is a science and process to the treatment, the outcome is only determined by the body, the mind and the spirit.
“Even though his body has been weakened, his mind and spirit have never been stronger.”
Shortly after the injury occurred on July 3, Dominic’s family provided the Daily Record with a statement. It read, in part: “Our son, 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. … 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 doctors said it went well.
“They got everything stabilized,” the statement continued. An MRI “showed swelling of (Dominic’s) spinal cord.”
Robert has continued to provide updates on Dominic’s condition in the weeks since.
He concluded his message Saturday by saying, from the Chavez family, “Thank you for the prayers, words of encouragement, and all the good vibes.”
Sports editor J.T. Keith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 304, or firstname.lastname@example.org.