Sept. 24, 2015
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University football player Ty Williams (Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard) was transferred last Wednesday from UPMC Altoona hospital in Altoona, Pa., to Shepherd Center in Atlanta for spinal cord injury rehabilitation.
Williams, a junior linebacker, sustained a spinal cord injury when making a tackle during a September 5 football game at Saint Francis (Pa.) in Loretto, Pa. During his time at UPMC Altoona, Williams received visits from Head Coach Rob Sgarlata and Defensive Coordinator Luke Thompson and University President John J. DeGioia. Throughout his time in Altoona, members of the Saint Francis (Pa.) football team and athletic department have visited with Ty and his family.
He was admitted to Shepherd Center's Spinal Cord Injury Unit for evaluation, care and observation. Today, he began a rigorous rehabilitation program under the guidance of a full team of medical and rehabilitation specialists.
"The support and prayers from so many people has been very important at this point," Ty's Mother, Melissa Rand, said. "Ty is very anxious to get started and is motivated to work as hard as he is allowed in his rehab. Today has been very encouraging at the Shepherd Center and I wanted to thank everyone for their continued thoughts and prayers."
"I'm just ready to get back to normal," Williams said before an afternoon meeting with doctors.
Shepherd Center specializes in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury or brain injury. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is a private, not-for-profit hospital and is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation.
Medical and rehabilitation teams at Shepherd Center typically include the following: an attending physician, nurse, occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech language pathologist, recreation therapist, case manager, peer support specialist, nutritionist and psychologist.
Williams and his family are appreciative for the outpouring of support from the Georgetown University and Saint Francis (Pa.) communities and others. Ty welcomes visitors, preferably on weekends, during his stay at the Shepherd Center. The family has also established a GoFundMe account at www.gofundme.com/TyrellsRecovery.
For more information about Shepherd Center, visit shepherd.org.