‘He’s a fighter’; USA football player recovering after collision during practice

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – A University of South Alabama football player is studying to stroll once more after colliding with a teammate during practice in October.

Folks locally are rallying behind Marvin Martin, higher often called ‘MJ’, to assist him in his lengthy highway to restoration.

MJ’s mom, Dorothy Martin, says she was at house when she obtained a telephone name no mom ever desires to listen to.

“He mentioned, you might need to go to Alabama. And I mentioned ‘why?’ He mentioned, ‘MJ’s been in an accident. I mentioned, ‘a automobile accident?’ He mentioned no-an accident on the football subject. So by that point I used to be getting one other telephone name which was Coach. They had him ready on a stretcher to take him to the hospital,” mentioned Dorothy Martin.

“He’s like– mother, mom- you gotta pray for me proper now- and I used to be like, ‘what’s fallacious?’ and he was like, ‘I can not really feel something. I can not transfer and I can not really feel something,” added Martin.

MJ grew up taking part in on the football subject all his life. His mom says MJ is like no different.

″He by no means gave me any trouble- he is that child that enjoyed to work out. He liked football. He did not thoughts getting up at 4 o’clock within the morning to go exercise. He did not thoughts getting up that point to work out– and he’d rise up the following morning to do the identical factor,” defined Martin.

MJ joined the Jag’s football program for his first season this yr after transferring from Ok-State.

When Martin obtained the decision that her son was harm, it got here as a blow.

“We sat there for a jiffy and prayed after which the docs got here in—and so they have been telling us he had a spinal harm and that his spinal twine had swollen and that was the rationale why he could not transfer something. He could not stand to be touched on the time,” said Martin.

MJ’s laborious work ethic has not faltered because the harm. He’s been in Jackson, Miss. at a rehabilitation heart since late October. He’s preventing daily to get higher.

“He would not thoughts working hard– he is working very laborious in remedy. He’s additionally having respiratory points too and so they mentioned they go together with the injury– so he is attempting. As lengthy as he is attempting, I’m gonna give him an ‘A’ for attempting,” mentioned Martin.

In the midst of uncertainty, Martin launched a Go Fund Me fundraiser to assist her son. In simply three days- she’s raised over 14 thousand {dollars} for his medical bills.

″I’m disabled myself- I battle with lupus on a regular basis so I do not work. Therefore, I assumed about– we’re going by means of this, and never realizing the knowledge of his harm, I wasn’t certain the place does my finish up– as a result of we nonetheless in that ready process– the place can we go from right here ?” mentioned Martin.

“With a spinal twine harm—it is similar to a ready season. They cannot actually let you know something—it is simply a ready course of. And now that he is capable of transfer his legs and arms and stuff- however he is nonetheless obtained a lengthy technique to go however he isn’t strolling and he is in a state of paralysis now,” she added.

The supportive response to MJ’s harm has been overwhelming– from the Jag Program to beneficiant donors giving on-line.

“The Coach has been nice, the University’s been nice, and so they’ve been behind me 100%—you realize, simply attempting to get him again to his well being,” concluded Martin.

“Keep the prayers coming, coming, coming,” she pleaded.

If you would like to offer to the Go Fund Me fundraiser, go to the hyperlink right here.

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