Former LSU at Eunice baseball player Bryan Jaeger will be returning to Louisiana this week for surgery to remove a pocket of fluid pressing against his spinal column.
In October 2006, the Bengal outfielder slipped and fell in a culvert, shattering his C6 vertebra and fracturing his C7, leaving the LSUE record-breaker virtually paralyzed.
Intensive physical therapy in Houston and at Sci Step in Cincinnati helped Jaeger recover upper body movement, and since last year, has been able to take some steps while wearing a harness and braces.
Last June, Jaeger had surgery to remove a fluid build-up that was pressing against his spinal cord.
Jaeger has had increasing pain since then, but returned to Sci Step this month to continue his therapy.
Tuesday, Jaeger’s family reported that the fluid had returned, in an even larger pocket stretching from his C5 vertebra to his brain stem.
According to the family’s medical blog, Jaeger was to be flown out of Cincinnati yesterday or today on a medical transport and returned to Shreveport, where he would most likely be taken immediately into surgery.
Jaeger’s family expressed their thanks for all of the support Bryan has received, and asked for continued prayers.