STATEMENT RE: Dante Love’s Football Injury at Indiana (9/20/08)
Updated Statement Released by Ball State Athletics Monday (9/22/08):
Due to the nature of Dante Love’s injury during Ball State’s football game at Indiana Sept. 20, his football playing career is expected to be over. However, after a rehabilitation period, he is expected to be able to live a normal and healthy life. On behalf of his family, the Ball State family and the Muncie community, we truly appreciate all the thoughts and prayers. We continue to keep Dante Love and his family in all our thoughts as he begins the rehabilitation process. Ball State University would like to publicly thank those who assisted Dante and his family during the emergency, including the Indiana State Police, the IU athletic training and medical staff, Dr. Callahan and Dr. Horner, Indiana University’s game operations and athletic staff and the Bloomington and Methodist Hospital doctors and staff.
Statement Released by Ball State Athletics at Game vs. Indiana (9/20/08): Dante Love suffered an injury during the first half of Ball State’s football game at Indiana. He experienced numbness and tingling on the field and was transported to Bloomington Hospital and has since been taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for further evaluation.
Updated Statement Released by Ball State Athletics Sunday (9/21/08): Dante Love was examined by a team of neurosurgeons, who consulted with the Ball State medical and athletic training staffs, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis late Saturday night and early Sunday morning. Dante underwent surgery early Sunday morning, which lasted approximately five hours.
"Dante Love suffered a cervical spine fracture and spinal cord injury which required surgery to stabilize the fracture. He is currently moving all four extremities."
Dr. Jay Matchett, Ball State team physician and orthopedic surgeon.
"We were told the surgery went well. Sunday morning Dante was alert and extremely tired. His attitude and spirits are good, and we are praying for him right now."
Ball State head football coach Brady Hoke, who was at the hospital with Dante throughout the night.