Minnesota high school freshman left paralyzed after trying to make a tackle; family expresses hope for recovery


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A Minnesota freshman football player is paralyzed after a freak crash during the first quarter of the season opener last week, his family and coach have said.

Ethan Glynn, a freshman at Bloomington-Jefferson High School, was attempting a tackle and stumbled before falling headfirst into an opponent, his coach, Tim Carlson, told KTSP. The 15-year-old’s family set up a CaringBridge and GoFundMe in hopes of raising money for the teenager’s surgeries.

A Minnesota high school football player was paralyzed in the first game of the season.
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“On Friday, September 2, E was badly injured in his football game and felt nothing after a tackle.

“He suffered a serious neck and spinal cord injury which left him paralyzed from shoulder to toe. He has a long road ahead of him but he is a fighter and we have no doubt he will give it his all” , wrote his family. on the GoFundMe page.

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“Thank you for all of your kind words and please know that they are appreciated even though you may not be back from us right away.”

Carlson told FOX9 that Glynn has a long way to go, but the high schooler is a fighter.

“There’s no playbook for that,” Carlson said. “If there’s one kid who can do it, it’s going to be Ethan. He’s got a strong will. He’s determined.”

Family friend John Frein echoed that sentiment.

“He’s probably looking at this thing like it’s a sprained ankle, and he’ll be back tomorrow. He’s going to fight,” he said.

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“It’s about one day at a time. That’s the approach. Take today and take the next step, whatever it is.”

On Thursday, his family released an update on Glynn’s condition.

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“They were finally able to get his pain under control with some medical adjustments last night, which together with the new bed made for a good night’s rest. Today was a busy but good day. He had visits from OT and PT. He excelled in the use of the communication board, which allowed him to follow sporting events, a movie and communicate with us!” says the update.


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