SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Throughout this past baseball season, Dayton junior infielder Adam Wuest was one of the main catalysts to a successful 18-6 campaign, leading the Bulldogs with 31 runs scored and tying for the team-lead in stolen bases with 16.
These two statistics are critical for any baseball team, because it means the individual player is getting on base to put his team in a position to score and be successful, relying on his teammates to get the job done.
Now, Wuest is facing the most difficult at-bat in his life and his teammates are coming through in the clutch.
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Exactly one month ago from today, Wuest had to have emergency surgery to remove an unexpected hematoma (blood clot) on his spinal cord. The hematoma was successfully removed, but the clot caused significant pressure on Wuest’s spinal cord. As a result, Adam has had limited feeling and movement below his chest.
After a six-day stay at Overlook Hospital, Wuest was moved to The Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange on Friday, June 16, and the road back to recovery has begun.
Below is an update from late last week on Adam's recovery on behalf of the Wuest family:
Adam continues to have two therapy sessions daily and his hard work is paying off. He is getting more movement in both of his feet and can now move his toes on his left foot. The movement and feeling on his left side have been slower to return than his right, but there are positive signs of progress.
Adam is becoming more independent in his movement and daily routine, being able to transfer from his wheelchair to his bed on his own and his therapists have him up and walking with the support of a walker. The plan is to have Adam trade the wheelchair in for a walker later this week, which is a significant step forward! The strength and dexterity in Adam's left hand is greatly improved as well.
Recreationally, Adam's been able to go outside and hang with his many friends that visit to enjoy the recent stretch of nice weather. Adam has also become dominant at the game, Connect 4, and he enjoys beating and frustrating his brother and all of his friends. Adam was told by the therapist that it's good therapy to play video games, so X-Box therapy is now underway!
The support of his family, friends, teammates, and the town of Springfield has been, in a word, incredible.
A GoFundMe account has been created for Wuest’s recovery to support Adam and his family with any upcoming medical expenses, and any monies donated that are not needed for medical expenses, will be donated to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation & the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis in Adam's name. As of late Sunday night, the fund has raised $24,733 of a $25,000 goal with 274 people donating within a span of just 25 days.
Along with prayers, countless visits from teammates, fellow classmates, family, friends, and the support of his community, have all raised Adam’s already-instilled amazing positive attitude & tireless work ethic to new heights and have given his immediate family energy, hope, and some rest.
Adam has shown the essence and true epitome of the Bulldog Spirit: to fight and keep fighting and there is no doubt he will continue to do just that, stronger and harder than ever before.
Note: TapintoSpringfield will update Adam’s progress over the next few weeks as his recovery continues.
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