Nov. 19, 2009


Medical Update for Chance Veazey of Georgia


Georgia freshman infielder Chance Veazey is paralyzed from the waist down after a motor vehicle accident on Oct. 28.


Dr. Donald Peck Leslie, medical director of Shepherd Center in Atlanta, one of the nation’s leading facilities specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injuries, gave a medical update on Veazey. Dr. Lesile said that Veazey suffered a spinal cord injury in his lower middle back. His upper extremities are fine and he is breathing on his own, but currently there is paralysis from the waist down.


Veazey will be able to go home for a day for Thanksgiving, Dr. Leslie said. Veazey’s goal is to be in the Day Program by mid-to-late December. Veazey would live in the Woodruff Family Residence Center located next to the Shepherd Center, and each day would come over and continue his therapy.


In lieu of flowers and food, the family has set up a “Prayers for Chance” fund to help offset medical expenses through Athens First Bank and Trust Company (AFB&T). Donations may be sent to AFB&T, attn. Phil Bettendorf, Senior Vice President, P.O. Box 1747, Athens, Ga., 30603.


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