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May 8, 2014

Redman expected to be moved to spinal center

The Dalton State College assistant basketball coach who has been hospitalized since April 28 appears to have some brain injury, but how much isn’t known.

“The extent of the injury and the recovery/rehabilitation time are really unknowns at this point,” Athletic Director Derek Waugh wrote on Thursday on the website www.caringbridge.com/visit/johnredman. Waugh has been updating supporters of John Redman through the website.

Waugh said plans are underway to move Redman from Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta by next week where he will spend the next four to six weeks recovering. The Shepherd Center specializes in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with spinal cord and brain injuries.

“Shepherd is one of the finest facilities in the country, and he will be in good hands there,” Waugh wrote. “The hope is that he moves through the stages of recovery quickly, and we will keep you updated on his progress.”

Waugh said on Wednesday that Redman had begun “regaining some bodily functions” such as yawning and moving a little. He has been in a drug-induced sleep most of the time since a car wreck.

Redman was injured when he lost control of the car he was driving in Meriwether County, 40 miles south of Atlanta on Interstate 85, on April 28, investigators with the Georgia State Patrol have said. His fiancee, City Park teacher’s aide Brittany Huber, was killed in the crash.

Supporters have set up a fund for Redman at www.crowdrise.com/johnredmanandbrittanyhuber. As of Thursday afternoon, just over $10,000 had been raised.

Waugh said Dalton State’s athletic department will work with Redman’s family as he progresses to help them get whatever other resources they need.

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