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11/13/2012 6:01:00 AM
Injured Kingman Bulldog back on his feet and improving
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Arizona Cardinals long snapper Mike Leach poses for a picture with Kingman High football player Derek Curran last week in the neurological rehab center of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix.
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Arizona Cardinals long snapper Mike Leach poses for a picture with Kingman High football player Derek Curran last week in the neurological rehab center of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix.

Rodney Haas
Miner Sports Reporter


Kingman High football player Derek Curran began his long road to recovery last week when he was released from St. Joseph's intensive care unit and into the Phoenix hospital's neurological rehab center.

"He is walking right now," said Derek's mother, Jan Curran. "He is walking greater than 2,000 feet with people walking with him for balance. Balance is something that he is still working on,"

According to Jan, doctors are expecting him to remain in rehab for the next three weeks. He will most likely return to Kingman then and continue with outpatient therapy.

The three-week timetable means that Derek and his family will be spending Thanksgiving dinner at the rehab center.

"You kind of re-evaluate things as a family and you know, I'm just so glad that we can be together," Jan said. "Whether we have a meal or not, you just appreciate that time more than you ever have before. It could've gone the other way."

Derek has been in Phoenix since the Bulldogs' final game Oct. 26 against Bradshaw Mountain in Prescott Valley. The senior defensive end/offensive tackle suffered a seizure on the sidelines during the third quarter.

Doctors determined he suffered a subdural hematoma and put him in a medically induced coma on life support.

Derek was brought out of the coma on Oct. 31. Since then, he has been walking and talking but still suffers from double vision that doctors hope will go away as the brain continues to heal.

"His brain will still be healing over the next year - more right now, but it will slowly improve over the next year," Jan said.

It is still too early to tell if there will be any long-term effects from Derek's injury, but doctors have told Jan that it will all come down to his ability to remember short-term things over the next month. If he is able to remember most of it, that is a good sign pointing toward a complete recovery.

Kingman High football player Derek Curran began his long road to recovery last week when he was released from St. Joseph's intensive care unit and into the Phoenix hospital's neurological rehab center.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: Tenaya S.

So glad to hear that you're doing better Derek! You were a tough headed kid so it doesn't surprise me that your tough head is healing up now! :)

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: Ronnie Walters

Come home buddy we miss you

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: Kingman Resident

It is so great to see heartwarming stories as we approach the Thanksgiving, and Christmas season.
I hope to meet Derek at the Wellness Center soon. Maybe this old guy can learn some new balance tricks from the young guy!


Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: Debi O

I am so glad to her that this young boy is on the road to recovery. I have been reading the stories on him and was wondering how he was doing. Good luck to you Derek and thank the lord you and your family will have a nice thanksgiving together even if it's not home.

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: SPC Stephenson

Way to stay strong Curran hope you get better!



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