Kirbyville CISD has released a statement with an update on a football player who suffered a spinal injury during the 3rd quarter of Friday night's game against Lumberton. Kirbyville High School Principal Holli Farias said in a statement on the district's website that the student-athlete "has regained movement in his arms and legs. He will remain in ICU as he recovers from this injury. The ICU team is working to regulate his blood pressure."

The unidentified player was flown by medical helicopter from the stadium to Texas Children's Hospital in Houston where he continues to undergo treatment.

Meanwhile, officials from both schools decided to call the game at that point with Lumberton leading 52-7.

The following statement was released on Saturday by Kirbyville High School Principal Holli Farias:

One of our Wildcat football players suffered an injury in Friday’s football game against Lumberton. The athlete was life-flighted to Texas Children’s Hospital to treat a neck/spinal cord injury. An update from the family is as follows:

The football player has regained movement in his arms and legs. He will remain in ICU as he recovers from this injury. The ICU team is working to regulate his blood pressure. The family is very pleased with the improvements made at this time. The family knows that God is at work restoring his body and they appreciate the prayers and support from his friends, family, school, and community.

On behalf of KCISD, I would like to acknowledge the great sportsmanship and respect the Lumberton Raiders showed to our Wildcat community last night. The response was heart-felt and greatly appreciated in such a difficult time for our players, our district, and for the Kirbyville community.

To the Wildcat community, I am so proud of the way this community stands together in prayer for healing and strength. Our Wildcat needs you as does his friends and family. Please continue to lift them in prayer.

Holli Farias

KHS Principal

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