May 25, 2009
Arlington Park jockey may be paralyzed
Arlington Park jockey Rene Douglas may not walk again after undergoing spinal surgery for seven hours for injuries at the Chicago-area track, his agent says.
Dennis Cooper, Douglas's agent, quoted a member of the surgical team as saying the racing veteran
might never walk again, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday.
Douglas, 42, underwent surgery Sunday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
It doesn't look good, Cooper said.
They won't be a million percent sure until the swelling goes down and that isn't expected to be until about 10 to 14 days. His fifth and sixth vertebrae were compressed, his ribs were broken and there was damage to his neck, but the main damage is to the spinal cord.
Cooper said the doctors told him Douglas had feeling and movement in his upper body but not his legs.
Born to Be was euthanized, a track spokesman said Sunday.