Friday, January 22nd, 2010
Brown on the road to recovery
Injured linesman Kevin Brown "isn't out of the woods yet," but the 25-year-old is showing signs that he is on the road to recovery following a gruesome injury suffered in Woodstock last month.
Brown recently started talking and taking light food while in the trauma unit at London's Victoria Hospital, the strongest indications yet that the worst is behind him.
Brown had been breathing and eating through a tube following his revival from an induced coma.
"The last three days have been extremely gratifying for his family, seeing the degree to which he has progressed physically," Ontario Hockey Association president Brent Ladds said in a statement this week.
The next step for the Sebringville-area native will be an intensive rehabilitation at London's Parkwood Hospital in order to restore feeling and mobility to the left side of his body.
There has been an outpouring of support from across the hockey community and beyond. OHA teams have held fundraisers in Brown's name and half of tonight's admission for the Woodstock Renegades' game will go to a fund to support Brown's family during the exhaustive rehab process.
"His parents Murray and Linda and sisters Laurie and Janice are thankful for all the well wishes and gifts of kindness that they and Kevin have received throughout his ordeal," Ladds said.