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Accident leaves UGA baseball player paralyzed below the waist

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By Robert Hydrick - bio | email

ATLANTA, GA (WALB) - A traffic accident late last month in Athens has left Georgia baseball player Chance Veazey paralyzed from the waist down.

It is the first word on the condition of the former Tift County baseball star who has been undergoing rehabilitation at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta for the last two weeks.

Dr. David Peck Leslie says Veazey broke a vertebrae in his lower back and his spinal cord was also damaged.

Veazey will likely get to come home from Thanksgiving and Christmas but is expected to remain at Shepherd for the first two months of next year.

The Georgia student body and city of Tifton has rallied in support of Chance who is working hard in rehab where he hopes to defy the odds in his bid to one day walk again.

Dr. David Peck Leslie said. "At this point something is going to have to change for him to get nervous supply to his lower extremities. He is not moving his lower extremities at this point except reflexly."

Georgia baseball coach David Perno said. "It is like nothing happened. He is just handling it day by day. He has got a lot of support. He has got a great family. Just everybody is behind him and I think something special is going to come from it."

Friends of the family have set up a fund to help the Veazey family with their medical expenses.

In South Georgia, you can send your donations to the First Community Bank in Tifton.

Checks should be made out to Prayers to Chance and can be mailed to Mike Davis at P.O. Box 8 Tifton, Georgia 31794.

There is also a fundraiser for the family Monday at 7:00 p.m. at the UGA Conference Center in Tifton.

Georgia baseball coach David Perno will be speaking along with trainer Mike Dillon.

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