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Updates on Tulane Senior Safety Devon Walker (Dec. 17, 2012)

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Tulane athletics will provide updates when available on senior safety Devon Walker, who was seriously injured in Tulane's game at Tulsa on Sept. 8, 2012.

Tulane University has set up a website for Devon Walker called Support for Devon Walker

Dec. 17, 2012 - Update on Tulane Senior Safety Devon Walker:

On Thursday, Nov. 29, Devon celebrated his 22nd birthday along with some special friends. New Orleans Saints players and coaches visited Devon at his rehab facility and spent time talking and joking with No. 18. Drew Brees, Joe Vitt, Jonathan Vilma, Pierre Thomas, Roman Harper, Malcolm Jenkins, Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Will Smith and Zach Strief were among the visitors.

In the three months since his injury, Devon has worked very hard at his recovery, with his family by his side every step of the way. As a result of his injury, Devon is not yet mobile, but each day he continues the fight to get better.

Despite the fact that his recovery is ongoing, Devon will be home for the holidays.

Devon and his family are deeply appreciative for all the kind words, prayers, gifts and donations that they have received, a sentiment that Devon wants to convey personally to all of his friends and supporters:

"I am so happy to be going home where I can reunite with my family and friends. My family and I are very grateful for the support we continue to receive. Some days, when I think that I just can't do this anymore, remembering my many friends and supporters (both old and new) who are praying for me gives me the strength to go on. I know that my fight is just beginning. Please continue to pray for my recovery. Thank you very much." - Devon Walker

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Oct. 17, 2012 - Devon Walker Update

Devon Walker continues his recovery efforts at a comprehensive in-patient rehabilitation center, where he arrived on Sept. 18.

We received this update from the Walker family today. Meanwhile, the family continues to ask for privacy and does not wish to disclose the location of the rehab facility.

Statement from Tulane Senior Safety Devon Walker:
Thank you everyone for your prayers and well-wishes. This has been so hard on my family and friends. I can't begin to tell you how grateful I am for your generosity and support. I especially want to thank everyone who sent cards and letters. I read each and every one. They give me the inspiration to keep on pushing. Your words of encouragement are helping me so much. Thank you also to those who organize, attend and contribute in countless ways to the many fundraisers being held in my honor. I am truly blessed. Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers. -- Love You All, Devon Walker #18

Statement from the Walker Family:
Devon is in good spirits and getting stronger every day. His days are filled with classes to educate him on his injury and the effect it has on his body, as well as therapy, therapy, and more therapy. He went outside into the garden recently and felt the sun; that was the best therapy of all! His spirits are high and he's moving full speed ahead. Thanks to all of you who have reached out to inspire him with your personal stories of success after similar injuries. Please continue to pray for God's guidance as his physicians and healthcare professionals work toward his recovery. -- The Walker Family

Sept 18, 2012 - Statement from Booker and Inez Walker, Parents of Tulane Senior Safety Devon Walker:
"We are pleased to have completed the transfer of Devon to a comprehensive in-patient rehabilitation center to continue his recovery. We want to express our appreciation and gratitude to Mr. Bill Warren and the wonderful doctors and staff of St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, who provided immediate care for our son. We'll be forever grateful for their devotion to Devon's well-being.

"We will now focus on the next phase of Devon's recovery and ask that all the prayers, well-wishes and support continue with him through his journey. We appreciate everyone's understanding of our request for privacy as we focus on his recovery."

Sept. 17, 2012 Update on Tulane Safety Devon Walker:
Devon remains in St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa after he was injured during the Tulsa-Tulane football game on Sept. 8. He continues to recover from last week's injury. He is alert and actively participating in respiratory and other therapies that are part of his recovery. His physicians are planning to move Devon to another facility within the next 24-48 hours where he will continue to rehabilitate from his injury.

The Walker family has asked that we not disclose the name or location of the facility to which he will be moved. They are extremely grateful for the many prayers, donations and words of support they have received. They ask for everyone's understanding and for privacy during Devon's rehabilitation.

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 - 8 p.m.
Update on Tulane Senior Safety Devon Walker:
Devon had a full day of therapy, with good periods of rest as he continues with his recovery. The staff of St. Francis continues to deliver outstanding care and the positive impact of community (Family, Tulane Family and Tulsa) is felt every moment.

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 - 5:30 p.m.
Update on Tulane Senior Safety Devon Walker:
The news from St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa is that Devon continues his recovery with many members of his family at his side. He continues to be alert and responsive. The hospital's medical staff is providing excellent care for Devon and is making every effort to ensure his family is as comfortable as possible.

Devon and his family are receiving hundreds of messages from well-wishers from around the globe. His family is deeply appreciative of all the prayers and good thoughts being sent their way, and they ask that everyone continue to respect their wishes for privacy as they help their son in his recovery.

Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 - 5:30 p.m.
Tulane Athletics Statement Update on Senior Safety Devon Walker:

Tulane Director of Athletics Rick Dickson spoke with members of the media via teleconference from St. Francis Hospital on Monday afternoon to communicate information regarding Devon Walker. A complete transcript can be found by clicking here.

Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012 - 8:30 p.m.
Tulane Athletics Statement Update on Senior Safety Devon Walker:

According to Tulane University's team physician Dr. Greg Stewart, Devon Walker underwent surgery this afternoon. In a three hour surgery at St. Francis hospital in Tulsa, neurosurgeons stabilized his spine. He is now in recovery and we anticipate Devon will remain in ICU for the next few days. He is in stable condition and it will be several days before we can assess his condition post-surgery.

Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 - 6:30 p.m.
Tulane Athletics Statement on Senior Safety Devon Walker-
"Devon Walker sustained a cervical spine fracture. He is at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa where he is in stable condition. Currently, he is in traction with a lot of swelling in his neck and he is undergoing treatment for the swelling. The current plan is for him to have surgery in the next one to two days. He is being treated by specialists. The Tulsa physicians did a great job taking care of Devon."