BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - His comeback has been derailed, but Hoover's Ben Abercrombie hopes that it's only for a short time.
The former Hoover football and baseball star has been hospitalized at UAB Hospital with pneumonia. Abercrombie, who was paralyzed from the neck down last September while playing football for Harvard, has recently experienced muscle movement in his back, chest, arms, legs and stomach. As world-famous therapists work with Ben, there has been some recent progress made.
Abercrombie was scheduled to be honored Thursday night in Oxford, Miss., by Sigma Nu, as the annual Charity Bowl recognizes one person in memory of the late Chucky Mullins, an Ole Miss football player who was paralyzed nearly 30 years ago. Ben was unable to attend as he was stricken with pneumonia, a common ailment contracted by paralyzed patients.
On Friday, Ben's father Marty released this statement:
The Abercrombie's family friend Chris Cole attended the function in place of Ben, where he spoke highly of a young man with courage and strength.