Leechburg football player recovering from spinal injury

Published: September 5, 2007  |  Source: pittsburghlive.com

Leechburg freshman football player Keeton Hayes was in fair condition Wednesday night at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh after suffering a spinal injury during practice Tuesday.

Michele Hayes, Keeton’s mother, says her son is recovering from what doctors have called a “spinal cord concussion,” and feeling is returning to his left side.

“It’s not 100 percent,” Michele Hayes said of her son’s nerve response on his left side. “But there’s a good chance of it returning to normal.”

Keeton was undergoing tests and wearing a neck brace yesterday, according to his mother.
It’s unknown how long Keeton will need to stay in the hospital, his mother said. Keeton was flown to Children’s Hospital after he was injured.

Keeton, a 5-foot-10, 154-pound freshman, played in Leechburg’s season-opening, 20-12 win over Langley on Friday night. He contributed mainly as an offensive guard.

Michele Hayes says Keeton’s athletic future is uncertain.

“I don’t know where we stand,” Michele said. “I just know I’m going to follow the doctors’ lead and do what is best for my son.”

By Paul Kogut