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Doctors confirm hockey player won't walk again

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Jan 24, 2012 at 1:08 pm

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (AP) - Doctors say a Minnesota high school hockey player paralyzed in a game last week probably won't walk again - and might not regain the use of his arms from the elbows down.

Neurosurgeons at HCMC confirm that 16-year-old Jack Jablonski suffered a "horrific injury'' to his spinal column.

Jablonski had spinal fusion surgery Wednesday. His parents, Leslie and Mike Jablonski, wrote on their son's CaringBridge website that as they feared, their son won't be able to walk again or skate.

The Benilde-St. Margaret sophomore suffered a severed spinal cord at the neck and two fractured vertebrae after he was checked from behind in a game Friday against Wayzata.

The Star Tribune reports Benilde's varsity hockey game against Wayzata, scheduled for Thursday night, has been postponed indefinitely.

Donations can be mailed to the Jack Jablonski Fund, P.O. Box 16387, St. Louis Park, MN 55416-2618. You also can make a donation at any Wells Fargo Bank. Mention the "Jack Jablonski Fund.''

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