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Tulane AD: Devon Walker is ‘alert and responsive’

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Tulane defensive back Devon Walker underwent spine stabilizing surgery Sunday evening to repair a fractured spine he sustained in Saturday’s game against Tulsa. Walker was involved in a collision near the end of the first half of the game and laid motionless on the field before eventually being taken by ambulance to a hospital.

Doctors still say it’s too early to tell what the long-term ramifications of Walker’s injury will be, but there is at least some good news today as Walker continues to stay in intensive care in St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa.

Tulane athletic director Rick Dickson said during a press conference that Walker is alert and verbally responsive. He is also apparently in good spirits. Tulane coach Curtis Johnson reportedly said earlier today that Walker was moving his shoulders, but Dickson could not confirm that development.

“Without question Devon Walker and his family have been treated as one of Tulsa’s own,” Dickson said. “We’ve seen absolutely the best of people and the best of human nature.”

Walker’s family, which is staying with him in Tulsa, released the following statement on Tulane’s website:

“We have been overwhelmed by the amount of concerned well wishes we have received from all over the world. Although we cannot respond individually to all, we thank everyone for the love and support shown to Devon and our family.  The medical care that our son has received so far has been outstanding. We are also very grateful for the care and concern shown to us by those here at Tulsa University, in the City of Tulsa,  at Tulane University and of course by everyone at home in New Orleans.

We appreciate you respecting our family’s request for privacy. We do ask that you continue to keep Devon in your prayers.”

We certainly will. It’s just good to hear that Walker got out of surgery alright and is recovering well.

(Information posted here is credited to Tammy Nunez of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.)

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15 Responses to “Tulane AD: Devon Walker is ‘alert and responsive’”
  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 10, 2012 7:12 PM

    “We do ask that you continue to keep Devon in your prayers.” –Devon Walker’s family.

    Devon is in my prayers, the prayers of my family, and all those I know. He is a gifted and talented young man, who truly is a scholar/student athlete.

    May the reports of Devon moving his shoulders be correct. May he continue to gain movement in his shoulders and below and may his body respond to all treatment and stimulus of therapy to be fully restored. May Devon walk and function fully again.

    Thank you Ben for posting this update.

  2. dalucks says: Sep 10, 2012 8:20 PM

    Thank you Jesus for your grace and mercy protecting him through this situation. A full recovery is coming soon for Devon Walker.

  3. cometkazie says: Sep 10, 2012 8:24 PM

    Good news.

    Let’s hope it continues!

  4. bleedburgandyandgold says: Sep 10, 2012 8:45 PM

    Thnx for the update and plz keep them coming. Hang in there Devon and family we are all rooting for you and a full recovery!

  5. sd1024 says: Sep 10, 2012 9:22 PM

    Im Rick James Bitch..

  6. woodruff2250 says: Sep 10, 2012 11:54 PM

    Every person I know is praying for your recovery.Have Faith

  7. mikeoliver1313 says: Sep 11, 2012 12:24 AM

    I’ve never left comments before now. But I’m praying for him and his family

  8. southernpatriots says: Sep 11, 2012 6:49 AM

    Devon’s mom, Inez and family were watching the game on tv when this horror occurred. Inez immediately telephoned her husband Booker who was at work. Booker and Inez along with other family members are in Tulsa at this time. They and many people in Tulsa have a prayer vigil ongoing for Devon.

    The Tulane Athletic Director Rick Dickson related how Devon has not lost his sense of humor. When Devon recovered from the anesthesia after his 3 hour surgery on his neck and spinal column, one of his main nurses told Devon that she fought to save his hair when an operating room nurse wanted to cut it off for the surgery. Devon’s eyes became really big with great concern on his face. The nurse did not let Devon be concerned too long when she quickly answered that his hair was not cut. Devon’s look of great concern changed to a broad smile and relief all over his face. All those in the room laughed.

    Devon is a three year starter and three years into his major in cell and molecular biology at Tulane. He is matriculating in a difficult major at a great university.

    As the family requested, please keep Devon in your prayers. There are many challenges ahead of him, and for his doctors and therapists.

  9. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 11, 2012 7:33 AM

    praise God

  10. florida727 says: Sep 11, 2012 8:35 AM

    “southernpatriots”, thanks for some insight into Devon. Had no idea that he was taking on such a major in school. Puts to rest the idiotic stereotypes about “student”/athlete, doesn’t it? What a great testimony it will be when he gets back to Tulane and finishes his studies. Awesome news about the shoulder movements too. Things we take for granted sure get put into perspective at a time like this.

    Ben, thanks for keeping up on this story. Will look forward to hearing more good news in the days/weeks to follow. Praying for God’s hedge of protection around him, and the He gives peace and comfort to his family and friends who will be closest to him throughout his recovery process.

  11. southernpatriots says: Sep 11, 2012 8:57 AM

    “florida727″, you are most welcome. Devon was a scholar athlete in high school and just is continuing the good habits his parents helped instill in him. Good strong Christians as parents. He has a stable family life, strong hard working father, which makes a huge difference. Growing up in Destrehan, about 20 miles outside of New Orleans is also a great asset.

    Your prayers are right on the money. Keep them coming. My wife and I were speaking about the same thing you posted: “things we take for granted sure get put into perspective at a time like this.”

    Hurricane flood waters were all around and in his home town (as they were throughout south Louisiana, Gulf Mississippi, Alabama, etc.) Devon chose Tulane for its academic excellence, especially in the area of his interest and major. (He certainly did not chose Tulane 3 years ago for its football program.)

    I am taking a little breather, after putting the chicken and pork marinating/brining. I am smoking a large amount again today. Some evacuated citizens can now return to their homes, but there is no power. I almost wish I had about 4 to 6 small hogs and about 2 cords of dry wood, but neither is available down here at this time, unless those Florida or Texas wild hog wranglers can catch some for us…ha.

    Many colleagues are alums of Tulane. Some years ago I also took a degree from there. Despite the football and baseball rivalries with LSU, the two schools, especially medical, work well together. Have a great and blessed day!

  12. blueinok says: Sep 11, 2012 11:18 AM

    I posted on an earlier story that the University of Tulsa had set up a fund to help pay the expenses of Devon’s family while they are here in Tulsa as he heals. If you are interested there is an article in the Tulsa World today with information on where you can contribute http://www.tulsaworld.com
    or here is the information:
    University of Tulsa
    Golden Hurricane Club
    Devon Walker Fund
    800 Tucker Drive
    Tulsa OK 74104.

    Prayers from all of Tulsa for his recovery.

  13. pettytom says: Sep 11, 2012 11:43 AM

    Great news to hear that the surgery went great. Glad to know Devon is staying positive through this ordeal. Have nothing but the utmost belief that this kid will make a recovery. We’re all pulling for you down in Louisiana Devon.

  14. tigersgeaux says: Sep 11, 2012 1:11 PM

    My prayers are with Devon and his family, friends, and fellow players through all this. May Christ bless him and his family with complete recovery.

    southernpatriots, thanks for the info on Devon and his family. I did not know these things and our local news media only give generalities…for instance, they said he was from New Orleans, not Destrehan.

    Ben, please keep the updates coming. Thanks for keeping us informed.

    blueinok, I have contributed and I have telephoned and emailed all I know and passed along that information you provided.

    Everyone I telephoned and emailed said they would contribute from Lafayette, Lake Charles, New Iberia, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Alexandria, Morgan City, Houston, and all over Louisiana and Texas.

    We all are joining with those great people of Tulsa and OK. Any others who wish to give, please copy and paste blueinok’s posting on Sep 11, 2012 11:18 AM

  15. gilamu says: Sep 11, 2012 9:33 PM

    I also want to mention that Devon was an AP student in high school. He busted his tail in high school to succeed in the class and on the field, and he did it again in college. Really, a good kid in every sense of the word.

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