Former OCHS Baseball Star Matt Fumo Moves to Rehab After Swimming Accident
There is promising news about Matt Fumo, the recent Ocean City High School graduate and stand-out baseball player who suffered a broken neck in a swimming accident on July 20. Fumo sustained the injuries after jumping off a support pillar of the Ocean City-Longport Bridge.
According to Matt's aunt, Trisha Ciliberto, after 11 days in intensive care at AtlantiCare, Matt has been moved to Magee Rehabilitation, a Philadelphia hospital specializing in spinal cord injury.
Matt's original prognosis following emergency surgery was paralysis from the neck down. Despite this prognosis, less than 24 hours after his injury, he was astounding his doctors by being able to move his arms and regaining some feeling in his legs.
Trisha tell me that Matt's breathing tube was removed after a few days in the hospital and now he is breathing and talking normally. His appetite is good, too, and Matt has been chowing down on steak and his personal favorite, wings from Charlie's in Somers Point!
While these developments and Matt's incredibly positive attitude have encouraged his family and friends, they realize the extent of his eventual recovery remains unknown at this early stage.
Will Fumo, a stand-out baseball player at Ocean City High School, who was set to play at Cumberland County College, continue to recover and eventually be able to reach that goal? It is just too soon to know.
Trisha Ciliberto says that Matt has always been known for his big smile and he has continued to flash that smile for the scores of friends who visited in the hospital. The family has been overwhelmed with the community support, including donations from 572 people for over $72,000 so far to Matt's Go Fund Me page.
Please feel free to leave your wishes for Matt's speedy recovery in the comments section below and I promise to continue giving updates on Matt's conditions as I get them.