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Mother of injured hockey player hopeful after he moves his arms

Jack Jablonksi's mother says the 16-year-old athlete moved both his arms. The development offers some hope in an otherwise difficult situation. Jablonski was paralyzed after a check from behind slammed him into the boards during a hockey game.
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Jack Jablonksi's mother says the 16-year-old athlete moved both his arms. The development offers some hope in an otherwise difficult situation. Jablonski was paralyzed after a check from behind slammed him into the boards during a hockey game. His mom says he's already asking when he can strap on his skates.

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