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Midlothian player recovering from broken neck

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SHERRY LONG
The Ellis County Press
MIDLOTHIAN - The family of a Midlothian High School junior football player said he was making slight progress in recovering.

Patrick 'Ryan' Looney broke his neck after tackling a wide receiver late in the third quarter Thursday, Sept. 21 of the junior varsity football game against Fort Worth's Brewer High School.

Looney was careflighted to Methodist Medical Center in Dallas where he underwent successful neck surgery on Friday, Sept. 22.

Looney's father, Warren Looney, said it was too early to tell what his son's physical limitations might be in the future, but they remained hopeful he would make a full recovery.

'Our family appreciates the overwhelming concern and support from the Midlothian community,' Warren Looney said.

'Although he remains in critical care unit at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, each day is a milestone as he continues to show small steps in improvement.'

A candlelight vigil was held at Midlothian's Panther Stadium Saturday evening for Looney, a defensive back for the Midlothian Junior Varsity football team.

'We will pull together as a community for Ryan,' Jana Hathorne, public relations coordinator for Midlothian Independent School District.

The family asked the community for their continued support and prayers. Until Ryan Looney could be transferred into a private room, his family asked that all flowers and cards to be sent to their residence at 7661 Quails Nest Circle, Ovilla, TX 75154.

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