A Detroit high school student has been left paralyzed after an accident during football practice.
Eddie Hammonds, 16, a junior at Central Collegiate Academy, received a head and neck injury when he was tackled in early September.
According to his mother, Regina Hammonds, the running back was rushed to Henry Ford Hospital in critical condition after the incident.
“I’ve been a nervous wreck since this happened to him,” said Regina.
While Regina says the principal, staff, and coaches have either tried to visit the at the hospital or did visit the teen, she is still looking for a lot of answers.
“I don’t know exactly what happened. I’m hearing this story and another story,” said Regina.
The academy is part of the EAA of Michigan, which released this statement:
Our thoughts and prayers have been with him and his family throughout this difficult ordeal. We wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to his return.
Student athletes represent some of our best and brightest members of the Central community, and we will continue to support and applaud their contributions both on the field and in the classroom.
Meanwhile Regina, who lost her job the same day as the accident now has to struggle to pay thousands of dollars in medical bills that she says her insurance won’t cover.
“I don’t have the wheel chair accessible car. He’s going to need long term health care,” said Regina.
She has set up a go fund me account to help with medical bills.
“I don’t know which way to go, because I am a single mom and I’m doing the best I can and I am trying to seek legal help,” she said.
To help Regina go to https://www.gofundme.com/rebecca-foundation.