Southern's Devon Gales transferred to rehab hospital
Gales, 21, sustained a spinal cord injury during the Saturday, Sept. 26 game against the University of Georgia. Gales was taken off the field following a collision during a kickoff in the third quarter.
Gales was moved from Athens Regional Medical Center to Shepherd Center in Atlanta for evaluation, care and observation. His rehabilitation program begins Thursday.
"He will begin a rigorous rehabilitation program under the guidance of a full team of medical and rehabilitation specialists," the university said in their statement.
Shepherd Center specializes in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord and brain injuries.
The Gales family said they appreciate the support from Southern and Georgia fans but asked that their privacy be respected. Southern University officials thanked the University of Georgia for their efforts to ensure Gales received the best care possible, including paying to fly his family out to Georgia in order to be with him.
On Monday, the university launched an official fund to provide financial assistance to Gales and his family and cover medical expenses. Learn more about the fund and how to donate by clicking here.