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5/9/08-Longview

Lobo Player Still In ICU, But Improving

Longview Lobo D'Mio Ingram remains in ICU, three days after a practice field tackle caused a spinal cord injury. His mother says his condition is improving.

"He is talking, he's having conversations with people," mother Stefanie Woodberry said. "As far as the spinal cord injury, he's still having trouble with the right side, it's strengthening and he can move it and can feel you touching him. His left side is really active, he's kicking his leg, and can squeeze your hand."

"He's really fighting."

D'Mio Istopped breathing and received CPR until medical services arrived. He is now off the ventilator and meeting a steady string of visitors, including his Lobos teammates. He wanted to meet with the player who tackled him.

"He sat down and he looked nervous," Woodberry said, "but the first thing D'Mio said to him was 'good hit'. He told him if you hit everybody like that, we're going to go further than state. He was really happy to hear that, D'Mio said 'We're teammates, it's football. Don't worry about me, we're brothers.'"

Stefanie said his teammates' support has meant a lot to D'Mio, and his family.

"He's a part of the Lobos," she said. "Coach King told him 'Your number will not be worn by anybody else.' He was happy to hear that, he said he's ready to run some people over," she adds, laughing.

An account has been established for Ingram at East Texas Professional Credit Union. The account number to help the family with medical expenses is #675825.

Reid Kerr can be reached at rkerr@kltv.com.

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