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'Parents, love your kids, hug them, you never know what can happen'

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (KMSP) -

The Eden Prairie High School football team is the 3-time defending Section 6AAAAA state champion, and this summer, the Eagles are showing how much heart they have off the field.

The team is rallying around a severely injured player who was paralyzed in a bike crash earlier this month, and 16-year-old Adam Daggs has a long and challenging road ahead. Amber Daggs, his mother, said her boy is as active as they come – a lacrosse and football player – but now confined to a hospital bed as a quadriplegic.

Adam Daggs is wildly popular with his classmates and teammates and No. 33 is surrounded by an overwhelming amount of love, support and prayer. Inside the pediatric ICU at Hennepin County Medical Center, the sophomore-to-be suffered a brain injury and broke his neck in a bike accident earlier in August, right before the start of football season.

A quick impact

"The fact he even lived through it says a lot. A lot of people wouldn't. It's a high up break,” his mother said.

While his parents are so grateful he survived the 40 mile-per-hour impact, the prognosis is grim. Doctors have said he won't have use of his arms and legs.

"It's a real eye-opener. It shows us that you are never too young to have something happen to you. That you're not indestructible,” cousin Carlos Williams said.

"I probably spent the first four days crying all day, every day. Basic shock. Now it's time to get over it and keep fighting. I need to fight,” Adam's mother said.

Summer jobs to support their teammate

The accident happened near the intersection of Mitchell and Valley View roads in Eden Prairie. Adam was said to be crossing Mitchell though a media and struck on the southbound side. His parents said he had headphones and no helmet on.

Since the injury, his football team has done all it can do to help. Players have visited the hospital, leaving signed footballs and get well posters while doing summer jobs to raise money to cover medical expenses – an overwhelming gesture for the family.

"It's been huge. Stuff we don't even know about. Didn't ask. They took it upon themselves. Just want to say thank you,” his father Adam Powell said.

The family says its not just the football team, however, it's the entire community. While his brain injury is healing well, he's communicating by blinking and mouthing words and doctors how his verbal speech will return in the coming days.

'Love your kids'

“Parents, love your kids. Hug them. You never know what can happen when you let them out to the door to go to practice or school," one of Daggs' teammates said.

How you can help

The Adam Daggs Foundation
Associated Bank
566 Prairie Center Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344


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