Knights player Alex McKinnon has movement in both arms

Alex McKinnon has improving use in his right arm and has some movement in his left as he continues his long road back to recovery following a devastating spinal injury.

The Newcastle Knights back-rower has been transferred from intensive care to a spinal rehabilitation ward in a Sydney hospital after injuring his spine while being tackled in a match against Melbourne last month.

McKinnon is able to control an electronic wheelchair, the Newcastle Knights said in a statement.

“While there is a long road ahead for Alex, these small improvements continue to lift his spirits, as does the overwhelming amount of support he is receiving,” the statement read.

“Alex and his family wish to thank the medical team at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital, for the acute care and treatment following his injury. They also wish to thank the hospital staff currently managing his progress.”

‘‘As previously advised, further regeneration may occur over a two-year time frame.

‘‘The club will continue to share any appropriate updates on Alex’s condition and again request their privacy be respected.’’

smh.com.au

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