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June 5, 2014

Hospitalized DSC coach makes ‘enormous amount of progress’

John Redman now has a release date from an Atlanta rehabilitation center, another positive sign as the Dalton State College assistant men’s basketball coach continues his recovery following a car wreck that claimed the life of his fiancee on April 28.

Dalton State Athletic Director Derek Waugh confirmed to The Daily Citizen that Redman will be released today from the Shepherd Center that deals with spinal cord and brain injuries. Redman will move to the Irene and George Woodruff Family Residence Center on the Shepherd Center’s campus. From there, he will begin rehabilitation on Monday at Pathways, Shepherd’s outpatient facility.

“John has made an enormous amount of progress over the past three weeks,” Waugh said in a press release from the college. “That said, he still has a lot of work and a long road ahead. Please keep John and his family in your prayers.”

Redman’s stepfather, Kevin Kirk, previously told The Daily Citizen that the Dalton State assistant coach will be in the outpatient rehab program for 30 to 180 days.

“John continues to make significant and noticeable progress,” Kirk stated in the release. “His current rehab schedule involves five to six hours of rehab each day.”

Redman and his fiancee, Brittany Huber, were in a single-car crash as the couple headed to Mobile, Ala., for their wedding, scheduled six days later. Huber died in the crash, and Redman suffered a brain injury. The wreck happened on I-85 in Meriwether County, about 40 miles south of Atlanta, after Redman lost control of the car.

Redman is out of the medically induced coma he was in immediately following the crash, and now is talking and walking.

“He’s slowly starting to get mentally stronger,” Redman’s father, Bo Redman, said in a previous interview with The Daily Citizen, “and doesn’t stutter as much when talking.”

Huber worked at City Park Elementary School in Dalton as a teacher’s assistant, and the school held a memorial service on May 23, the last day of school. Bo Redman said he and Huber’s parents told John Redman the day of the memorial service about Brittany’s death.

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