Mount Hebron's Drnec expects to leave hospital for home today

Viking receives therapy after partial paralysis

January 20, 2000|By Rick Belz

Mount Hebron's Brian Drnec, partially paralyzed in an automobile crash Dec. 9 after basketball practice, expects to return home today from Kernan Hospital, where he has been receiving therapy four times a day.

A guard who also played soccer and baseball for the Vikings, Drnec has use of his arms, but not his legs. At Kernan, he learned to shower, dress and transfer himself to an automobile, and he expects to be able to drive a car.

"It was scary at first, but then you realize you will be independent," Drnec said. "I can't wait to sleep in my own bed."

Drnec said he expects to attend Mount Hebron's basketball game tomorrow night at Howard.

"I talk to the guys every day, and I'm pleased with how they're doing and wishing I was out there," he said.

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