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Family shares good news about Dominic Chavez’ recovery

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Good news from Goddard football player Dominic Chavez and family. Dominic’s road to recovery is going well according to his father, Robert Chavez. Robert has good news to share with the readers of RDR Sports this week.

“We have officially started our last inpatient week at Craig Hospital,” Robert Chavez said. “Our independent living trial is in progress, making sure we are ready to be on our own. Big things have happened for Dom since we arrived here 11 weeks ago. He continues to get stronger and healthier every day.

“He’s made new friends and charmed the staff,” Robert said. “We haven’t told many people, but he is now able to move a toe on his left foot and the pinky on his left hand! What does this mean? It means he can move a toe on his left foot and the pinky of his left hand! It’s progress and we are excited to see what the future holds.”

Robert wants the Roswell and Chaves County community to know: What many people don’t know or understand is the initial therapy isn’t a fix-all, it helps set the building blocks for what lies ahead over the next few years.

Next week Dom will move to outpatient therapy at Craig — which is in Englewood, Colorado — after inpatient discharge, and after that will be entering the NeuroRecovery Network program at Craig.

Lake Arthur football coach and athletic director Jose Porras and his wife stop in to see Dominic Chavez and his father, Robert, after taking in a Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears football game last month. (Jose Porras Photo)

“This is an amazing opportunity for his recovery,” Robert said, “we’re blessed he (Dom) has even been given the chance to continue working and rehabbing with this amazing facility and staff. He will also be able to continue working with the teacher here at Craig so that he stays on track to graduate with his class.”

Robert feels the program will more than double the time he has already spent in Colorado with his initial rehab. It will be hard for the family to continue to be separated and maintain two households, but that is a small sacrifice in the grand scheme of their lives, and “we know it will be worth it,” Robert said.

Dominic Chavez 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.”

They reported he had 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,” the family’s statement continued.

Dominic’s family has continued to update the community on the progress of his recovery, through the pages of RDR Sports and social media. “Thank you to everyone for your continued support,” Robert said, “for your prayers and positive thoughts. We are so grateful. #Domstrong”

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