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Tulane gives update on Devon Walker

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Injured in a frightening teammate-on-teammate collision in Week 2 that resulted in a fractured spine, Tulane safety Devon Walker has spent the past nine days at a Tulsa hospital.

In the latest update on the player’s recovery, the Louisiana school confirmed that Walker would be leaving the Oklahoma hospital in the next day or two, although Tulane, at the behest of the family, declined to state to where the player would be moved.

Here’s the release, in its entirety:

Devon remains in St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa after he was injured during the Tulsa-Tulane football game on Sept. 8.  He continues to recover from last week’s injury. He is alert and actively participating in respiratory and other therapies that are part of his recovery. His physicians are planning to move Devon to another facility within the next 24-48 hours where he will continue to rehabilitate from his injury. 

The Walker family has asked that we not disclose the name or location of the facility to which he will be moved.  They are extremely grateful for the many prayers, donations and words of support they have received. They ask for everyone’s understanding and for privacy during Devon’s rehabilitation.

 

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11 Responses to “Tulane gives update on Devon Walker”
  1. cometkazie says: Sep 17, 2012 8:52 PM

    Thanks for the update!

    And thanks to the family for not making this into a media circus.

    All the best for Devon, his family, and friends.

  2. southernpatriots says: Sep 17, 2012 8:56 PM

    Devon’s parents, Booker and Inez, continue to ask for your prayers for Devon. Their son continues to progress in his treatment and therapy. Specialists have been consulted and Devon is being moved to receive special therapy and attention. The movement for a moment seen in areas below his neck have not been duplicated, though his doctor’s remain guardedly optimistic. They caution that the full extent of injury or movement cannot be seen for ten days to two weeks.

    Devon is a scholar-athlete, matriculating at Tulane. He was a scholar AP athlete in high school. He is a fine young man.

    A prayer vigil is ongoing in Tulsa for Devon, as well at his home church in Destrehan, LA, about 20 miles away from New Orleans.

    The Walker family want to thank you for your thoughts, wishes, and prayers. They request you continue for Devon. Amen!

  3. cometkazie says: Sep 17, 2012 9:08 PM

    Since you have connections with the family, SP, I’m looking forward to updates and thank you for passing them along.

    Tell the parents there are a ton of us out here rooting for them and their son.

  4. tuckfexas says: Sep 17, 2012 9:35 PM

    Seems to be off to a rehab facility. I’m not sure if that’s good news or not.

  5. southernpatriots says: Sep 17, 2012 9:37 PM

    cometkazie, Thank you. Will do. I think I will have that opportunity this coming Sunday. We have been invited to the Walker family church and I wanted to go and I will share with them your word of encouragement.

    I have been through a few things in my life (heart, aortic rupture, strokes, cancer, and I have fought illness with loved ones as well, but I am thankful that I never suffered, nor did my family ever suffer, such an injury)…I can only imagine what the Walker family are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with he and his family daily.

    Several new volunteers came today to help serve the meals, and one may be a “closet” chef–a mayor from a town in lower Terrebonne Parish. He may be some help to me in preparing one meal a day.

  6. thefiesty1 says: Sep 17, 2012 9:48 PM

    Good luck young man. Keep your head up -too late for that now.

  7. cometkazie says: Sep 17, 2012 9:54 PM

    I bet there are a lot of “closet chefs” in Terrebone Parish.

  8. southernpatriots says: Sep 17, 2012 10:33 PM

    I don’t usually frequent restaurants outside of New Orleans and then only the very best ones, where I know the chefs and/or management.

    However, after Katrina we did not have electricity for many weeks and I did not have the smokers, grills, roasters, etc. that function on natural gas and/or propane that, thankfully, I now have.

    So to restaurants we went. I was not pleased with the results. Finally, my patience was thin, and I remarked to a chef/owner that I could go into just about any house in south Louisiana and find a cook that could cook better and (of course) the chef/owner became angry.

    So the next day, I went to several houses near the restaurant and found an elderly lady and asked her what she was making for dinner that day and she said, “crawfish stew” so I gave her some money to make some extra for me and she gave me a large container full which I brought to the owner/chef. He loved it. I then told him his neighbor made it, and he almost fainted. She now makes various dishes for him each week.

    The best restaurant outside of New Orleans I have found is The Yellow Bowl in Jenerette. Urban Spoon and other Internet and foodie magazines have asked me to contribute reviews which I have done for years now and still do some from time to time as we travel. I tend to be protective over the food I prepare and cook.

    A mentor of mine, Graham Kerr (the “Galloping Gourmet”), often told us, use the finest ingredients, finest seasonings, prepare it all with love, and you won’t have to worry about the results.” “If it looks good, and smells good, you know it tastes good!” The latter comment he made and during the next tv taping session, he forgot and triple salted the dish. It looked good, it smelled good, but when he tasted it, his face drew up and he waited until they cut away and he spit it out….ha. So I told Graham that I was altering his slogan to “If it looks good, and smells good, it almost always tastes good!” He laughed and approved of the change.

  9. suprmous says: Sep 18, 2012 4:18 AM

    Southernpatriots, you sly devil you;hahaha. Givin that poor chef grief but on the other hand way to go. Here I sit at almost 3:30 in the mornin and am gettin hungry. With my visitin Ladyhuckleberry that 305 miles back to Nawlins seems like 3500. The one chef I miss the most back in Nawlins would have to be Justin Wilson. Don’t get me wrong, John Folse and the others are good but Justin Wilson just had a knack for makin my mouth watah with his recipes.

    On the other front, prayers are still out goin for Devon and his family. I can’t help but to think he’s goin to come out of this ok and walk up to get his diploma when the time comes. Preciate all that you’re doin with the updates.

    Hello and have a good week to the rest of you Good People along with southernpatriots.

  10. ernie ernie says: Sep 18, 2012 12:30 PM

    My wife spent 23 years in Neuro and if they are moving him this soon that’s not good news. A lot of her patients ended up in nursing homes and needed 24 hour care. The move was for care not treatment. Their was no more treatment that could be done.
    I hope this isn’t the case with him. Lack of movement and improvement over time kind of tell the real story. Neurologists know their limits.

  11. suprmous says: Sep 20, 2012 12:09 AM

    ernie ernie. all we can do’s pray and hope. Your comments were right on bout folks endin up in nursin homes and such. Had a friend who ended up that way. At the prime of his life he was, the oldest bro that played at Bama kept remindin me that prayer was stronger than any concrete and just as dense. I really didn’t get the last of it till he told me dense symbolized how easy it was for the Big Guy Above to hear as we all prayed. And you know I find myself prayin more and more as I get older. Hang by the time I’m 70 (if I make it in 10 yrs) I can honestly attribute some of it to prayin.

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