ATLANTA, GA (WAFB) - Injured Southern football player Devon Gales is working hard in the spinal cord injury rehabilitation program at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, according to hospital officials.
Gales suffered several fractures in his neck during the September 26, 2015 football game against top-ranked Georgia. After undergoing surgery, he began the long road to rehabilitation.
The former Central High standout and his family say they're appreciative for the outpouring of support from the public.
Shepherd Center, which was founded in 1975, is a private, not-for-profit hospital that specializes in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord or injuries. It is ranked among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
The University of Georgia flew Gales' parents from Baton Rouge to Georgia to be with their son after the injury.
Georgia head coach Mark Richt and staffers visited Gales in the hospital, and Richt even urged the UGA community to help donate to the Devon Gales Fund that was set up by Southern University. The fund will help provide Gales and his family financial assistance in covering medical expenses.
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