18-Year-Old Virginia College Swimmer Devin Bateman Partially Paralyzed After Diving Accident

Devin Bateman “hit his head” upon diving into the water and “could not move” afterward. / GoFundMe

A swimmer at a Virginia college is partially paralyzed after a tragic accident while vacationing in Alabama, shocked relatives said.

Devin Bateman, an 18-year-old freshman swimmer at Washington and Lee University, was just starting his spring break trip on Easter Sunday when he decided to go for a swim in waters off Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Bateman “hit his head” upon diving into the water and “could not move” afterward, according to an online fundraiser set up by a family friend for the teen’s mother, Celeste Bateman.

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Devin was airlifted to a hospital in Pensacola, Florida, where he underwent emergency surgery on his C5 vertebrae. He was later diagnosed with a spinal cord injury and currently “does not have the use of his legs,” according to the fundraiser, which had generated more than $190,000 as of Thursday.

Bateman, a native of Fredericksburg, Virginia, is now being treated at a spinal rehabilitation center in Atlanta, where he’ll spend 7 to 8 weeks before returning home.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Joshua Rhett Miller

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