Community rallies together for teen who fractured neck

BOSWELL, Okla. (KXII) The community is getting together for a 16-year-old who fractured his neck after jumping into a pool at a house party in Durant last month.

The mother of 16-year-old Walker Sullivan told police two friends rescued her son from the pool, took him home 30 minutes later, and put him in bed without seeking medical attention.

He suffered severe spinal compression, which affects the nerves that sends messages from the brain to the body.

"He needs all the prayers he can get and we just hope for the best."

Now a month later, his brother, Wyatt Sullivan, says he is at a spine rehab clinic just outside Oklahoma City and doctors are optimistic about his recovery.

"He's able to start moving his fingers a little bit and he started moving his feet about six inches or so."

Sullivan says its all been extremely hard on their family.

For the past month their parents haven't been able to work because they've been spending time with Walker in Oklahoma City.

He says seeing the community come together and raise money for them has made things easier.

"It means a whole lot to us. We've never experienced anything like this with anything. Its just great how the community can come together when things like this happen."

Between several benefits the family has gotten thousands of dollars to pay for things like medical expenses.

Saturday, was no different.

Dozens of people came out to Boswell for a roping benefit.

"Everyone comes together. You know I've done rodeo my whole life, ever since I was about 5 years old and I knew a bunch of people that rope and stuff like that so I figured it would be a good deal to have."

Doctors expect Walker to be back and walking within a year.



 
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