'Keep Ben in your prayers': Ben Abercrombie out of ICU

'Keep Ben in your prayers': Ben Abercrombie out of ICU

ATLANTA, GA (WBRC) - The healing process has begun for Ben Abercrombie. He is the young man from Hoover who was injured during his first college football game at Harvard on September 16.

He is out of the Intensive Care Unit at Atlanta's Shepherd Center and he is continuing to recover, according to a CaringBridge update posted by Ben's father.

"Ben is doing better," said Christopher Cole, who is a close family friend.  "We actually got some really good news that Ben is out of the ICU.  He's actually now in a rehab room at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta."

One of the highlights of being out of ICU is being able to eat regular food.

"He also ate a baked potato and had peach yogurt for dessert. The rumor is that he will get to eat two meals tomorrow if everything continues to go well," wrote Marty Abercrombie, Ben's dad.

The post says Ben's high school coaches have visited him in Atlanta to talk sports and encourage their former player:

Ben has been fortunate to have such great men of influence in his life and that continued at Harvard with Coach Murphy and his staff. A few of Ben's friends broke through the blockade this weekend and had an uplifting visit with Ben. We believe the healing process has begun for Ben and ask everyone to continue to keep Ben in your prayers as he continues down the path God has prepared for him.

Ben is using a motorized wheelchair that he controls with his mouth through a "Sip" and "Puff" system.

After graduating from Hoover High, Ben attended Harvard University where he played football. In his first game, he was making a tackle and injured his neck. Ben has no feeling in his arms and legs.

"The number one goal is to get him back to health.  Get him back to where he is able to walk. Get him back to where he can do a lot of things that he could do before," said Cole.

The family's church has started a fund for Ben and his family. Donations can be made out to Christ the King Lutheran Church. Please indicate c/o Ben Abercrombie Fund. 611 Riverchase Parkway West Hoover, AL 35244 Or you can make an online contribution: https://www.ctkbham.org.

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