Reporting Esme Murphy
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Like so many other high school players, Jenna Privette had told friends she would be skating for Jack Jablonksi when she took to the ice for Friday night’s game. Now, they are both being hospitalized at the Hennepin County Medical Center.
According to her brother, Privette still has no feeling below her waist after being injured when her Minnehaha Academy team played the St. Paul Blades. Her family says Jenna was checked from behind, but from the cell phone video of the incident, it is hard to tell what happened.
Jake Privette says his sister is in significant pain. He says the only time he has seen her smile is when she was visited Sunday night by Leslie Jablonski, the mother of Jack Jablonski, the teen who was paralyzed in a game on Dec. 30.
Jake Privette said everyone in the hospital room became emotional when Jenna showed Leslie Jablonski the “Jabs #13″ she still had on her wrist from Friday night’s game.
“Our family was incredibly touched that she would visit. Jack’s injury is so much worse than Jenna’s and she took the time to visit. It really lifted Jenna’s spirits,” said Jake Privette.
Meanwhile, Jack Jablonski has been moved from the intensive care unit to a regular room and has been upgraded to serious but stable condition. This weekend Leslie Jablonski reported that her son suddenly started moving his arms, something doctors had said would not happen.
“He moved his right arm all the way up and moved his left arm this way and according to where the spinal cord is severed, that really isn’t possible,” said Leslie Jablonski.
This weekend, a fundraiser for Jack Jablonsk at the Wayzata-Blaine game took another improbable twist. A chuck-a-puck contest, where puck closest to the center wins, the winning puck was No. 13 — and it was thrown by the Wayzata player who hit Jack Jablonski.
That Wayzata player visited Jack Jablonksi last week, and Jablonski’s family has said repeatedly that they and Jack have no hard feelings towards him and are concerned about him.
The chuck-a-puck raised $1,200 for the Jablonski’s. Fundraisers for Jenna Privette are still being planned.