Properly-wishers have raised greater than $185,000 for a university swimmer from Virginia who grew to become paralyzed after an accident whereas swimming within the waters off of Gulf Shores.
Devin Bateman, 18, who competed in swimming for Washington & Lee College, was vacationing in Baldwin County when he determined to go for a swim April 17 within the Gulf of Mexico. Bateman dove and hit his head on an object; he couldn’t transfer.
Devin was airlifted to Ascension Sacred Coronary heart Hospital in Pensacola, Fla. and underwent emergency surgical procedure on his C5 vertebrae, in line with Michelle Hovis, who organized the fundraiser on GoFundMe for Bateman’s mom, Celeste Bateman.
After extra surgical procedures and procedures, Devin was recognized with a C5 spinal twine harm and can’t transfer his legs.
The teenager will proceed his remedy at a spinal rehabilitation in Atlanta for seven to eight weeks earlier than returning dwelling to Virginia, Hovis stated.
“This fundraiser will assist reduce the stress of any medical payments or monetary struggles that Devin and his household will face alongside the way in which. Along with any dwelling modifications that shall be required throughout his restoration,” she stated.
“Devin Bateman is a loving son, a beautiful brother, a real pal and a loyal teammate,” Hovis added. “He’s an incredible younger man and cherished by many.
As of Wednesday night time, greater than $185,000 has been raised for Bateman from 1,600 donors.