MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The family of Jack Jablonski says the paralyzed prep hockey player is able to “take in the world” from a vertical position with the help of a special chair.

On Jablonski’s CaringBridge website, his family writes that they were able to give him a tour of the floor at Hennepin County Medical Center where he’s been hospitalized since his injury in a Dec. 30 hockey game. The 16-year-old Benilde-St. Margaret sophomore suffered a severed spinal cord at the neck and two fractured vertebrae after he was checked from behind and hit the boards.

Family members say Jablonski is getting stronger every day and will soon be ready for rehabilitation. He has been able to move his arms below the triceps, a movement that doctors thought would be unlikely.

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Comments (7)
  1. Bob from S MN says:

    Very Nice to see him Smile. Keep up the Good reports!!! We are pulling for you!!!

  2. Sammi says:

    Way to go Jack. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. jackactionhero says:

    This young man is an inspiration and a miracle in action.

  4. Liz says:

    So great to see the thoughts and prayers from so many people for Jabs! Love hearing these great results!

  5. Best wishes says:

    It is nice to see this young man smile. It hurts my heart to know that he’s in for a lifetime of pain though, no matter how optimistic one can be.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      Nobody knows what tomorrow brings. You don’t know he’s in for a lifetime of pain.

      His future is entirely up to him, as is his attitude.

      Look at him.

      Nothing will stop this young man, and I BEL13VE that with all my heart.

  6. CITBOC says:

    Continuing to pray for total and complete healing for this young man! His smile in the midst of this tragedy absolutely warms my heart! YOU are amazing Jack…what a spirit you have! May God continue to bless you beyond belief.

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