ATHENS, GA (WAFB) - A huge surprise from Georgia football fans to a Southern player who was paralyzed in a game against them last year.
The Bulldog fans are buying a new handicap accessible house for the family of Southern's Devon Gales. He and his family got the news Thursday at the University of Georgia.
On Wednesday, Gales was released from the Shepherd Center in Atlanta where he has been recovering and going through intense physical therapy.
Everyone who knows Gales talks about his positive attitude before and after his accident. His parents said the news took a huge load off of them. Because of Gales' condition, they were trying to get money together to have a home specifically built in Baton Rouge.
"I know my journey's been way before this. I've been fighting my whole life. This is just a temporary setback, but it's not really a setback. It's another blessing," Gales said.
While talking to the press about his release from the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Gales said he knows he is going to walk again. He revealed he has begun to regain some feeling "all over," saying he can now move his hands and some fingers and can also feel a knee and the bottom of his feet.
The former Central High standout sustained a spinal injury during Southern's game against the University of Georgia on September 26.
A fund was set up by the Southern University System is assisting the family financially with travel and other expenses accrued while Devon was being treated in Georgia.
Donations can be made online at the Devon Gales Fund website or mailed to the following address:
Southern University System Foundation
c/o Devon Gales Fund
PO Box 9562
Baton Rouge, LA 70813