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Paralyzed hockey player's parents, doctor discuss injury

Doctors say it's too early to tell how bad the lasting damage will be to Jack Jablonski, a Benilde-St. Margaret sophomore who suffered a severe spinal injury during a hockey game.
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Doctors say it's too early to tell how bad the lasting damage will be to Jack Jablonski, a Benilde-St. Margaret sophomore who suffered a severe spinal injury during a hockey game.

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Benilde-St. Margaret's sophomore Jack Jablonski suffered a spinal injury during a hockey game. Doctors on Wednesday morning performed surgery, fusing two fractured vertebrae. While the procedure went very well, the family reported, it also confirmed the severity of the damage.

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High school sophomore Jack Jablonski is set to undergo surgery on his spine later this week. The 16-year-old was severely injured in a hockey game this past weekend. According to media reports, doctors say it's too soon to know if he'll regain control of his arms and legs.

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Jack Jablonski is back in the hospital for the second time since being discharged from rehab last month. According to a post on his CaringBridge page, the Benilde-St. Margaret's sophomore has been up and down as he recovers from a serious spinal cord injury sustained in a hockey game last year.

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