Teen determined to walk again after spinal cord injury

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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WICHITA, Kan. -- A Satanta High School football player is walking again after suffering a damaging injury on the field last month.

Anthony Crump was severely hurt during a football game on Sept. 6.

"Normally when Anthony goes down, he gets right back up, and he didn't get up," said Jeanette Crump, mother.

The freshman was thrilled to play in the opening game of the football season. After executing a tackle on an opponent, the player landed on Anthony's neck.

Doctors initially thought the teen would be paralyzed, but Anthony never wanted to believe it.

"Felt like something was keeping me going and keeping me calm, and never allowed me to think like I wasn't going to walk again," said Anthony Crump.

Staff at Wesley Medical Center said the teen promised them that he would walk again. This afternoon, he fulfilled that promise.

"I made him make me a promise that he would walk back on to our unit, so this is going to be a very emotional time not only for me but I think for his family as well," said Kristi Froese, manager of the pediatrics unit.

The 16-year-old has been rehabilitating at the Shriners Hospital in Chicago. The Shiners have paid for all of his treatment and travel.

Anthony said that all the support, prayers, and thoughts have helped him in his road to recovery.

"I like how everybody just comes together when stuff like this happens," said Anthony.

Doctors plan to evaluate his recovery in December. In the meantime, he will be wearing a neck brace and will have to be very careful throughout this recovery process.

For updates, you can visit the Team Anthony Crump Facebook page by, clicking here.

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