A senior football player at Bethany High in Oklahoma remained paralyzed below the waist Saturday after breaking three vertebrae in a game Friday night, The Oklahoman reported.
Hudson Haws had begun to move his arms and hands in an update relayed by the family.
Surgery in the early hours Saturday went “as well as can be expected,” according to the update but doctors now must wait for the swelling in the spinal cord to recede further.
The family said Haws had raised his hands above his head and squeeze his father’s hand after the surgery.
Haws made a lunging tackle to attempt to corral a Blanchard player and immediately collapsed face down on the field when athletic trainers rushed from the sideline. He was airlifted to the Oklahoma University trauma center in Oklahoma City.
A vigil is scheduled for Sunday evening.