Goddard senior football player Dominic Chavez is on his road to recovery. The good news is Dominic’s father, Robert was on hand for the Roswell-Mayfield scrimmage. Robert has continued to provide the readers of RDR Sports with an update on his son’s condition.
“Dominic continues to make improvements,” Robert said. “He is now splitting time between a power wheelchair to a manual wheelchair, trying to build up his strength and mobility. He was able to decrease his breathing treatments to PRN (as needed) only and he has started new therapies to help with his strength and movement as he continues to work to be able to regain his independence. We still have so much learning — too much. Friday’s therapeutic recreation consisted of an outing to the zoo, on a real-world problem-solving excursion.”
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.
“Thank you to both Goddard and Roswell High football boosters, Charlie’s Angels, Popo’s and Eastern New Mexico Medical Center for all their fundraising efforts. Thank you to everyone who has sent a care package and cards,” Robert Chavez said.
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