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Shawnee teen baseball star paralyzed after diving accident

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) - A suburban Kansas City high school baseball star has been paralyzed after a diving accident.

A GoFundMe page set up for Mill Valley High School student Nolan Sprague said the teen was seriously injured in the incident, with medical expenses expected to be costly:

"Nolan Sprague was in a diving accident and broke his neck. He is paralyzed from the chest down and his chances of ever walking again have been said to be low."

The Kansas City Star reports that Nolan Sprague was hurt Thursday. Mill Valley High School baseball coach Jeff Strickland says the pitcher for the Shawnee, Kansas, school went through an hours-long surgery on Friday.

Strickland says the teenager was alert and talking when he visited him Sunday, but tired and in a lot of pain. Strickland says Nolan is a "fun-loving, really good kid" who was headed for college baseball.

The GoFundMe page was set up August 10 to help the family with medical expenses, and has raised over $86,000 of its total $150,000 goal in three days.

Nolan's father, Kevin Sprague, operates the Strike Zone Baseball academy in Shawnee.


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