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High school student suffers from spinal cord injury on soccer field

CINCINNATI (WXIX) – A high school student from Tri-State has a long recovery ahead of him after suffering a life-changing injury on the grill last month.

Simeon “Tino” Whittle is in his final year of Dohn Community High School in Walnut Hills.

Minutes after the first snap of a game on September 3, Tino attempted a tackle in what his head coach Jared Ward calls “a regular football game.”

Ward said: “At that point it was ‘T’ doing a play like he always does.”

Tino remembers making the tackle and being in shock afterwards. As the doctors will tell him later, he broke his neck and split his spinal cord.

Ward says the team rallied around Tino.

“It brought us together, but it also destroyed us for a while,” he said.

Now almost nine weeks after the incident, Tino remains on breathing tubes. Doctors said some of his injuries could not be repaired.

Tino stays in a positive mood during his recovery, whatever that may bring. He stays on top of his schoolwork and was delighted to have his grandmother with him on Monday to celebrate his birthday.

A message from his trainer also helped.

“Keep your head up, Simeon,” Ward said. “You are a good source of inspiration to everyone around you. Everyone is praying for you. Keep your head up. We love you.”

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