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Everett 'miracle' possible

Neurosurgeon says Bills tight end could walk again after he moved his arms and legs when awakened.

September 12, 2007|From the Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Kevin Everett voluntarily moved his arms and legs Tuesday when partially awakened, prompting a neurosurgeon to say the Buffalo Bills tight end would walk again -- contrary to the grim prognosis given a day before.

"Based on our experience, the fact that he's moving so well, so early after such a catastrophic injury means he will walk again," said Dr. Barth Green, chairman of the department of neurological surgery at the University of Miami school of medicine.

"It's totally spectacular, totally unexpected," Green told the Associated Press by telephone from Miami.

Green said he has been consulting with doctors in Buffalo since Everett suffered a life-threatening spinal cord injury Sunday after ducking his head while tackling the Denver Broncos' Domenik Hixon during the second-half kickoff of the Bills' opener.

Asked whether Everett will have a chance to fully recover, Green said: "It's feasible, but it's not 100% predictable at this time. . . . But it's feasible he could lead a normal life."

On Monday, the Bills' orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Andrew Cappuccino, said Everett probably wouldn't walk again.

"A best-case scenario is full recovery, but not likely," said Cappuccino, who operated on the reserve tight end. "I believe there will be some permanent neurologic deficit."

Cappuccino and officials at Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital did not immediately return several messages left with them by the AP.

In a report Tuesday evening, Buffalo's WIVB-TV quoted Cappuccino as saying: "We may be witnessing a minor miracle."

Everett's agent, Brian Overstreet, also said Everett's mother told him the player moved his arms and legs.

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