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Goddard’s Dominic Chavez continues to inspire


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Goddard football player Dominic Chavez continues on his road to recovery. His doctors and nurses are amazed at his can-do attitude. Dominic’s father, Robert Chavez, continues to update the Roswell Daily Record Sports Department about his son’s recovery.

“Our big news for the week is Dominic will now have the opportunity to participate in Christopher and Dana Reeves Nero Recovery Network,” Robert said. “This program will more than double our time here in Denver. He will be one of only a few hundred chosen nationwide to participate this year.

“It’s been a busy week for us here in Denver,” Robert said. “My wife, Julie and Dominic’s (mom) came for our independent living trial. That entails us taking full care of any of Dom’s needs that he is still dependent on. Making sure he stays on schedule getting to therapy and appointments on time, getting in and out of bed, medicines, etc. We will continue to stay fully in the hospital apartments for the next two weeks, which will serve as a safety net of sorts, and begin outpatient therapy and continue to work on some independent living goals.”

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

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