Goddard football player Dominic Chavez is continuing on his road to recovery. Dominic’s father, Robert, updated RDR Sports on his son’s recovery this week.
“Dom continues to keep pushing forward and getting stronger and more independent every day,” Robert said. “This week he was able to move from a powered mobility chair to a manual chair. It’s taken some getting used to but he is pushing through like only he can.”
Dominic’s mother, Julie, said: “There are two things I know to be true at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado. I need coffee in the morning. And if the therapist utters the phrase, ‘If you want to make this a little harder you can.’ Dom doesn’t take it as an option, only a new challenge — he makes his adjustment to do whatever they say that will make the workout harder.”
Both Robert and Julie Chavez feel like Dominic does not do the workouts just for himself, but he does it for his family, his team, and everyone else who has helped him along with this journey.
Dominic was injured during football practice over the summer. 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.”
Dominic’s family has continued to update the community on the progress of his recovery, through the pages of RDR Sports and social media.
“This week I want to not only give thanks to everyone who has reached out in support of our family,” Robert said, “I want to thank those close to Dom. Samantha, our oldest daughter, jumped in to care for her brothers — when we rushed away to care for Dom — Gabriel who stepped up to put on his football pads this season to fulfill a commitment he made with his big brother; Maddox who works every day to be more like his big brothers, except with really bad jokes and an even bigger smile.”
“Thank you for the cards, letters, support and care packages. We appreciate you, Roswell and Chaves County,” Robert Chavez said.
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