28 Mar Chase Lalonde Is A Walking Miracle
On Saturday, March 2, our recently appointed team captain, junior Chase Lalonde, suffered a traumatic injury during our inaugural lacrosse game. Unable to move his arms or legs, Chase was air-lifted to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital at Memorial Regional for emergency spinal cord surgery. Dr. Andrew Rosenthal, Director of Trauma, shared, “When he was flown over to us, we were immediately worried about him having a permanent quadriplegia, but as it turns out, with timely surgery, with outstanding ICU care, and in the rehab ward, he did as well as we could possibly have hoped.”
Once Chase entered the pediatric rehab unit, the hard work to recovery began. He had some sensation in his arms and legs which encouraged doctors. They hoped he would see some good recovery in three to six months. But, after only three weeks in their care, he surpassed all their expectations. Chase walked out of the hospital today after the hospital discharged him and held a press conference.
“The story is one that gives us hope for all our future patients when we encounter this sort of injury,” remarked Dr. Rosenthal. To view the entire press conference, you can visit Joe DiMaggio’s Facebook page.
For our WA community, this story is one that reminds us of the power of prayer. Chase remained in the forefront this month when we added him to our March Prayer Calendar. We ask you to download the April Prayer Calendar and continue to pray. We look forward to Chase’s return to Westminster Academy.