There is good news coming out of Australia today, as Newcastle Knights forward Alex McKinnon has been moved out of intensive care into a spinal rehabilitation unit, as he continues to make his recovery from the horrific injury he suffered during an NRL game last month.
McKinnon fractured two vertebrae when tackled by three opposition players during Newcastle’s game against Melbourne Storm in Round 3 of the NRL, and has spent over three weeks in intensive care as he battles to recover from the tackle.
However, the Knights have released a statement claiming some small improvement has been made in his condition, and he is even starting to feel movement in both of his arms.
“Movement in Alex’s right arm is improving and he has started to get movement in his left arm,” the Knights confirmed in a statement on Thursday.
“Alex is able to control an electronic wheelchair. As previously advised, further regeneration may occur over a two-year time frame.
“While there is a long road ahead for Alex, these small improvements continue to lift his spirits, as does the overwhelming amount of support he is receiving.
“Alex and his family wish to thank the medical team at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital, for the acute care and treatment following his injury.
“They also wish to thank the hospital staff currently managing his progress.”