In a very tragic incident yesterday morning, USC running back Stafon Johnson required throat surgery yesterday afteroon. After a heavy dumbbell used for bench-pressing slipped out of Johnson's grasp, it landed on his throat.
He was immediately cared for and rushed to a local hospital, where he underwent a 7-hour surgery.
For seven hours on Monday afternoon and evening, doctors performed a "very successful surgery" to repair Johnson's airway and reconstruct his voice box. Hinika said the anatomy of the structure around Johnson's vocal cord was "destroyed, fractured and displaced" after the freak weightlifting accident on Monday morning at USC. Hinika said Johnson was not able to breathe on his own when he arrived at the hospital, and he underwent the emergency operation right away.
Please keep No. 13 in your prayers.
Doctors are simply hoping he can regain his speech capabilities in the nearing months.
Word came out this morning that he is recovering well. Apparently, he gave a thumbs-up to his mother this morning and is showing signs of communication. The doctors are saying he is recovering very well from the life-threatening incident. They mentioned his fit body and athletic-minded self were huge in saving his life. Wow.
Great to hear he is making a great stride!
Please pray for him. For all the latest and most recent news following Stafon Johnson and his recovery, stay constant with the USCRipsIt blog.
Fight On, Stafon!