January 31, 2006

Doctors Expect Gant to Recover

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As of yesterday, the doctors treating Cornell sophomore Khaliq Gant at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, N.Y., expected Gant to make a complete recovery from the serious neck injury he suffered during practice with the men’s basketball team on Jan. 24.

Gant underwent surgery on Friday, Jan. 27, and his father, Dean Gant, informed the Cornell University Press Relations Office yesterday that after rehabilitation and physical therapy, doctors expect a full recovery.

“The operation went really well,” Gant told the Press Relations Office. “It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon. We have to keep our expectations realistic. It could be two weeks, two months, two years before we can see him fully recover.”

Khaliq is expected to leave Arnot Ogden sometime this week for the Shepherd Spinal Center in Atlanta, Ga., which is located roughly 20 miles from his hometown of Norcross, Ga. His father said that a bed at Shepherd had already been reserved for Khaliq.

“His spirits have been good,” Dean said.

“He’s an incredible guy. He’s ready to attack his rehab.