Superintendent speaks about student, former student injured in rollover
Wed, 07 Aug 2013 23:32:00 GMT —
It could be a few days before it can be determined if Mercedes Tigers quarterback Isaiah Garza will regain full movement in his arms and legs.
The teen broke his neck in a rollover that also seriously injured his girlfriend Lisa Ramirez.
The two remain hospitalized at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen.
Isaiah underwent surgery to fuse his 4th, 5th, and 6th vertebrae and is now responsive and raising his arms.
Lisa remains in ICU.
Family and friends have been funneling in and out of the hospital to show their support for the teens.
Mercedes ISD Superintendent Dr. Daniel Trevino said he is still in disbelief.
"Our feelings are certainly expressed through the parents and it TMs just devastating for all of us," Dr. Trevino said. We all dread this type of event especially it being unpredictable but seeing all of us come together I think from a leadership standpoint it TMs just a huge blessing for us."
Mercedes Police Chief Olga Maldonado said both were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the Tuesday evening accident.
"That vehicle somehow lost control as it was exiting the Vermont exit and the frontage exit, Maldonado said. They lost control and therefore hit the side of the embankment and the vehicle overturned."
News of the accident quickly spread on Facebook and on Twitter using hashtags like #prayforisaiah.
Rival football players also tweeting words of support and even NFL player Robert Griffin Jr. joined in.
The Ramirez and Garza family are both very appreciative of all the support that were getting, Dr. Trevino said. All the prayers that were getting hoping that both youngster will come out of it as best as possible.
Family members for both Garza and Ramirez said they are overwhelmed with the amount of support they have received from people across the Valley.