Prothro Update

Tyrone Prothro has an infection associated with the injury he suffered when he was lost for the season with a broken leg and he remains in DCH Regional Medical Center. At the request of his family, Dr. Les Fowler, who performed the surgery, issued a statement Tuesday updating Prothro's condition.

Dr. Fowler's statement said, "We expect Tyrone to remain hospitalized for several more days. The Sports Medicine staff at The University of Alabama is optimistic for a full recovery following this very severe injury."

There was far more interest in the medical bulletin than in the letter Alabama Coach Mike Shula delivered to Tyrone Prothro at DCH Medical Center Tuesday morning. Shula apologized for being a bit late, but said he had visited with Tyrone and delivered a letter from The President. Shula did not disclose the contents of the letter, but said that Prothro was surprised and pleased to receive the letter.

Shula said, "Pro's father came into the hospital room and Tyrone said, ‘Dad, I I got a letter from one of my buddies.' His father said, ‘Who.' Tyrone said, ‘W.'"

The statement from Dr. Fowler:

"Tyrone Prothro suffered an open comminuted fracture of his left tibia and fibula during the Alabama-Florida game on Oct. 2, 2005. He underwent emergency surgery that night to stabilize the fracture.

"During the post-operative period, he developed an infection, secondary to bacterial contamination at the time of his injury. He did not develop a staph infection.

"Since that time, he has undergone aggressive treatment and antibiotic for the infection. To date, the attempts to eradicate the infection appear to have been successful.

"All wounds that he suffered are healing well following the procedure necessary to close those wounds.

"At Tyrone's and his mother's request, details of his hospitalization have not been released until today. Further updates will be released at their request.

"We expect Tyrone to remain hospitalized for several more days. The Sports Medicine staff at The University of Alabama is optimistic for a full recovery following this very severe injury."

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