Texoma varsity baseball player hospitalized, police investigating
Police are investigating after a Durant High School sophomore was hospitalized over the weekend. The family tells us the teen fractured his neck and has severe spinal compression.
"He loves to hunt, he loves to be outdoors," said Shannon Sullivan.
Sullivan is the mom of 16-year-old Walker Sullivan.
Shannon Sullivan spoke with News 12 via telephone from a hospital in Plano where Walker is recovering after she said he suffered an accident in Durant during the weekend.
"He has always defied the odds," said Sullivan. "If you say no he says watch me do it. He has a fighting spirit."
Sullivan said Walker is a sophomore at Durant high school and is on the varsity baseball team as a shortstop and second baseman.
"He loves baseball of course, that's his sport," said Sullivan.
At this time Sullivan said she can't release too much information about Walker's accident but did say he fractured a vertebrae in his neck and has severe spinal cord compression, which affects the nerves that send signals between your brain and the rest of your body. But Sullivan said there's reason to hope.
"He has sensation in his legs and he has moved muscles in his legs so that's all real positive signs that this can be overcome," said Sullivan.
Following the accident, Durant and Boswell folks started up a Go Fund Me page, T-shirt sales and will host auctions in October to benefit Walker and his family.
"Up for auction we'll have a guided crappie fishing trip, we have a dove hunting trip, we have Yetis, propane," said family friend Tamara Eastwood. "We'll have saddles, buckles and other items up to be able to win."
As of now, police can't confirm how Walker got his injuries, but say it happened in a neighborhood less than a mile east of the Durant Police department. Police say they're investigating.
"He's showing improvements daily," said Sullivan. "It's just gonna be a long, long road for him and us."