St. Helena Football Team Surprises Teammate Recovering at Touro Rehabilitation Center

Aaron Hurst, senior St. Helena linebacker/ running back, suffered an incomplete spinal cord injury during a high school football game this fall. Following surgery to repair a broken bone in his neck in Baton Rouge, Hurst was admitted to Touro Rehabilitation Center. Just in time for the holidays, Hurst received a surprise visit from his football team and coaches, who presented the St. Helena Spirit Award to Hurst at Touro.

During the presentation in Touro's Medical Library, Hurst was surrounded by his family and medical team.

Coaches and teammates marveled at Aaron’s determination and progress, but are not surprised by his hard work and dedication to get better. Hurst is receiving intensive physical and occupational rehabilitation to regain function and independence before going back home.

Hurst retained a lot of function and is already getting back to walking. His therapy team is focused on building muscle control and movement on his right side, which is where he has the most deficiency. He surprised his visitors by standing up unassisted toward the end of the visit, for which he received a round of applause.