Minnesota Girl Paralyzed in High School Hockey Game

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The parents of a Minnesota girl left paralyzed during a high school hockey game doubt official findings that their daughter fell to the ice on her own without being hit.

Jenna Privette, 18, went down during a game on January 6. She was taken to a hospital, where she is currently paralyzed from the waist down. Jenna suffered a similar injury in 2008 and recovered, so doctors are hopeful she will recover from this one, too.

An official filled out a report on the incident which claims, "She was not contacted illegally, did not fall into the boards and did not appear to fall awkwardly to the ice." The report goes on to say that he spoke with the linesman, the school's athletic director and the EMT on duty, and "everyone agreed that the player appeared to fall unaided."

But Jenna's parents are not too sure. Her father said he was sure he saw his daughter get checked from behind. Her mother agrees.

"You don't get paralyzed from falling. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out. We're losing the sight of what's most important," Penny Privette told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "We know what we know. We know what we saw. I'm not going to get into a big war over stuff when I have my daughter sitting here in a hospital bed."

Jenna is the second Minnesota school kid to be paralyzed during a recent hockey game. Jack Jablonski, 16, dislocated his spine and suffered several fractures and significant ligament disruptions when he was checked into the boards. Doctors think it is unlikely that he'll ever walk or have the use of his hands again.


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