Everett Walks, Maintains Hope

Bills tight end makes progress in recovery from horrific spinal cord injury
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Oct 18, 2007 12:45 AM CDT
A sign acknowledging the injury to Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett on the lawn of Millard Fillmore Gates hospital in Buffalo, N.Y., on Friday, Sept. 14, 2007. Everett, who suffered a severe spinal...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The arduous recovery from spinal cord catastrophe continues for Buffalo tight end Kevin Everett, who released his first statement after taking a few steps with the aid of a walker. While acknowledging the severity of his plight, it demonstrated a hope and determination in keeping with the five weeks of progress he made since the accident.

Everett can also use his feet to push himself around in a wheelchair, as attested to by an associate of his agent: "He can go from point A to B on his feet in a wheelchair. He can go as far as he wants to go." Doctors originally thought Everett might never walk again.