Injured Bills Player May Walk Again: Doc

Optimism grows as Everett recovers movement
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2007 2:29 AM CDT
Injured Bills Player May Walk Again: Doc
Buffalo Bills reserve tight end Kevin Everett is helped by trainers after an injury during the second half of the NFL football game against the Denver Broncos at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007. Everett had surgery Sunday after injuring his spine on a kickoff and...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Severely injured Buffalo Bills player Kevin Everett can now move all his limbs, giving hope to his relieved surgeon that he may walk again. The good news comes a day after his doctor said he would likely remain paralyzed and could even lose his life in the wake of a "catastrophic" spinal injury Everett suffered during a tackle.

Everett's latest MRI shows only slight swelling of his spinal cord, reports ESPN. His improvement is "totally spectacular, totally unexpected," said one doctor who has observed the case. He credits the immediate use of a saline drip to drop the player's temperature and reduce spinal swelling as a crucial factor in his improvement. (Read more Kevin Everett stories.)

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