Everett's mom speaks optimistically about her son's condition

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ The mother of injured Bills tight end Kevin
Everett tells The Associated Press that her son can shake his head,
even throw it back in laughter. She also says Everett has trouble
speaking because of a breathing tube, so he's using a device to
spell out words on a screen by hitting letters with a pen in his
These are Patricia Dugas' first public comments since visiting
her son in the hospital where he underwent four hours of surgery
for a life-threatening spinal injury on Sunday.
Dugas, who left her home in Port Arthur, Texas, on Monday not
knowing whether the Bills reserve would ever walk again, says
``he's like a miracle.''
The conversation with the AP took place one day after doctors
reversed Everett's grim prognosis when he voluntarily moved his
arms and legs.

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