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May 14, 2014

Redman showing ‘miraculous’ progress, moved to rehab center

— He’d been in a medically induced sleep for six days. They weren’t sure exactly how bad he was hurt. Then, when he was taken off sedatives, it became clear. John Redman, the Dalton State College assistant basketball coach who has been hospitalized since a car wreck on April 28, had received an injury to his brain and his recovery was going to take awhile.

But Redman is “a fighter” and is recovering a little each day, said Derek Waugh, director of athletics for the college.

“From where John was three days ago to where he is now — in my words — is miraculous,” Waugh said. People interested in following Redman’s progress in detail can visit caringbridge.com/visit/johnredman.

Waugh said Redman is aware of his surroundings and people in his room and has been able to smile, squeeze a mini-basketball toy, respond to questions by blinking his eyes and is making physical movements on command.

Redman was moved Wednesday afternoon from Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta to the Shepherd Center, also in Atlanta, Waugh said. He said Redman will spend the next four to six weeks receiving specialized rehabilitation treatment at the center to help with his brain injury.

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

Georgia State Patrol investigators said Redman was injured when he lost control of the car he was driving from Dalton to Mobile, Ala., on April 28. The wreck occurred on Interstate 85 in Meriwether County, about 40 miles south of Atlanta. Brittany Huber, Redman’s fiancee and a City Park Elementary teacher’s aide, was killed in the crash. The two were set to be married on Saturday, May 3, in Mobile.

Supporters have set up a fund for Redman at www.crowdrise.com/johnredmanandbrittanyhuber. As of Wednesday afternoon, $10,535 had been raised.

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