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Dominic Chavez continues on road to recovery

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Goddard senior football player Dominic Chavez is going to discover new roads to his recovery. Dominic’s mother, Julie spoke with RDR Sports about the week of recovery her son had.

“What a week! Dominic’s schedule has been full every day with occupational therapy, physical therapy, strengthening classes, school, education and more,” Julie Chavez said. “We’ve had meetings about home modifications, wheelchairs and adaptive equipment. It can be overwhelming. I get asked a lot for updates on Dom, which is why I post here so we can reach as many people at once. Although we can’t always answer each person individually, we appreciate everyone who’s checking on him!”

“Everyday we are reminded that this recovery journey is a marathon,” the statement continued, “and we’re in the first 10 minutes. Our progress is measured in inches right now, not miles. We have a long road but Dominic is fighting so hard and giving 100% each day.

“I’m inspired by him, not just as his mother, but as someone who watches the struggle and how hard Dominic fights to overcome. We have met some amazing people here with phenomenal attitudes, people who illustrate grace in difficult times. We continue to pray for healing and strength daily. We continue to move forward. #Domstrong”

Shortly after the injury occurred on July 3, Dominic’s family provided RDR Sports with a statement. It read, in part: “Our son, Dominic Chavez accidentally injured his neck at football practice. Dom broke C5 and there was a displacement of the C5/C6 vertebrae with spinal cord involvement. He has no feeling from his chest to his lower body and was unable to move his legs. … We were flown to UNC 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.

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“They got everything stabilized,” the statement continued. An MRI “showed swelling of (Dominic’s) spinal cord.

“We are blessed by our community, you humble us with your generosity. Thank you for the cards, visits, texts and phone calls. The combined and continued support we have received is a blessing and we appreciate you so much,” Julie Chavez said.

Sports editor J.T. Keith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 304, or sports@rdrnews.com.

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