Tulane football player suffers fractured spine, stops breathing

Posted Sep 8, 2012 by Greta McClain
Devon Walker, a safety with the Tulane football team, fractured his spine when he and a teammate collided head on while attempting to make a tackle during a game against Tulsa.
Emergency personnel load Devon Walker into an ambulance.
Emergency personnel load Devon Walker into an ambulance.
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After the collision, Walker collapsed and medical personnel from both teams rushed to his side. CBS is reporting that a Fox Sports sideline reporter stated Walker stopped breathing and CPR was administered, along with an IV. Walker was resuscitated. John Moss of KTUL-TV in Tulsa reported he was told by a Tulane trainer that Walker suffered a broken neck and a collapsed lung. A tracheotomy was performed and he was revived on-field. Dr. Felix Savoie, orthopedist and chief of sports medicine at Tulane, denied the report however, saying Walker never lost consciousness completely and was breathing the entire time according to the information he received.
CNN quotes Dr. Savoie as saying "It went as well as it can go. I do not think, based on the information we have, that his life was ever in danger." He went on to complement the Tulsa medical staff for their response and assistance in stabilizing Walker.
Once stabilized, Walker was loaded onto a stretcher and taken by ambulance to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa where he remains. He is currently in traction and will undergo surgery for the spine injury in one to two days.
The Huffington Post quotes Curtis Johnson, Tulane head coach, as saying "Just seeing a young man, one of our family members, on the ground. It was just difficult for our guys."