Turner making positive progressWHS boys hockey forward’s vertebrae is healing properly.
By: Tom Carothers, Woodbury Bulletin
According to his father, Woodbury boys hockey player Christian Turner, injured in an on-ice incident last month, is doing well in his recovery.
“His X-rays on Dec 22nd showed the vertebrae healing correctly and he won’t have another X-ray for five weeks.” Greg Turner reported in an email. “The neurosurgeon was optimistic that Christian will return to sports and feels that if things progress as they have, he will avoid surgery and the risk will be minimal for next year.”
The prognosis for Christian, who was suffered a fractured back after being checked from behind in a Dec. 10 game against intra-district rival Park, remains good.
He will remain in a brace for the full three-month interval that was initially called for, but hopes are rising that the junior will be able to return to the ice next season.
“We have the cautious optimism that any parent would have for their kid,” Greg Turner said.
Christian has been visited by not only members of his own team, but by the team manager (also PHS student body president) and captains of the Wolfpack squad that the Royals were playing when the injury occurred among several other well-wishers from the area.
“We had visits from the two Park hockey captains with a card signed by the team, heartfelt phone calls from principals of both schools, a call from Park’s student council advisor, a joint visit by the student body presidents of both high schools bringing a banner of well wishes signed by Park students,” Greg Turner said.
Christian’s own teammates recently presented the junior forward with a 40-foot scroll signed by WHS students.
“This incident has brought the best out of people from across boundaries,” Greg Turner said. “It’s always uplifting to know goodness is everywhere.”