The parents of Benilde-St. Margaret’s sophomore hockey player Jack Jablonski, who underwent spinal fusion surgery Wednesday at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, confirmed late Wednesday night that their son is not expected to walk again.
“It is with a heavy heart that we write this entry tonight,” Leslie and Mike Jablonski wrote on their son’s CaringBridge website. “Jack’s surgery today to fuse his vertebrae was a success, but it also confirmed that his injury was horrific.
“Jack has limited mobility and no movement in his lower body. As we feared, he will not be able to walk or skate. This news is devastating to Jack and everyone who loves him. Our hope and dream is that he will be able to prove this prognosis wrong.”
Jablonski, 16, suffered a severed spinal cord at the neck and two fractured vertebrae after getting checked from behind in a junior-varsity game Friday against Wayzata in the Hockey Holiday Classic at St. Louis Park Recreation Center.
“Our priority is to help Jack accept and transition into his new life, a life that we did not plan, but one that we have to embrace,” his parents wrote on the CaringBridge site. “We have a mountain to climb, but with your support, we know that Jack’s youth, strength and determination will help him make remarkable strides.
“It’s been a difficult day, but now we know what lies ahead. Words cannot express our gratitude for the global support that Jack has received. Keep your thoughts and prayers coming.”
Whatever your belief system is, I don’t care. Keep this kid in your thoughts.