PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP/CBSNewYork) — Paralyzed Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand has been taken off a ventilator and is able to breathe on his own, school officials said Tuesday.
The 20-year-old defensive tackle was paralyzed from the neck down Oct. 16, making a tackle on a kickoff return against Army in a game at the New Meadowlands Stadium. He was treated at Hackensack University Medical Center for about two weeks before transferring to Kessler Institute, one of the nation’s leaders in spinal cord rehabilitation.
LeGrand’s injury was recently reclassified from a complete spinal cord injury to an incomplete spinal cord injury.
Last month, The Rutgers Division of Intercollegiate Athletics announced the establishment of the “Eric LeGrand Believe Fund” to support Eric LeGrand and his family.
Contributions to the fund are not tax deductible and can be made by sending a check payable to the “Eric LeGrand Believe Fund” to:
“Eric LeGrand Believe Fund”
PNC Wealth Management
Attn: Kimberly G. Kingsland, Senior Trust Advisor
One Palmer Square Suite 201
Princeton, NJ 08542