Jack Jablonski—the hockey player paralyzed by a hit he took in a game on Dec. 30—has been making some progress since starting rehab, his family reports via his CaringBridge page.
Jablonski moved his left arm back and forth in a retractive sling on Friday, something he wasn't supposed to do after sustaining his injury, his family said.
The progress came while members of the Minnesota Twins—including Justin Morneau, Glen Perkins and Drew Butera—visited Jablonski at the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Minneapolis. The CaringBridge page states:
Maybe Jack was inspired by the presence of some of his favorite baseball players, or maybe it was his competitive side showing through. Regardless, Jack certainly put a smile on all of our faces as we watched him move his left arm back and forth in a retractive sling. His left arm wasn't supposed to move after his injury, so this movement left us in awe. And, to top it off, Jack shook the hand of each Twins player as he bid them farewell. How cool is that?!
Jablonski moved to Sister Kenny last Monday after spending 24 days at the Hennepin County Medical Center. His family reports that the early stages of rehab are going well:
It was a week of getting acclimated to a new environment, new faces, and a rigorous new routine. We know Jack is in the right place and that he will make great strides.