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Amber Gray brings the LadyVols Team Together


Amber Gray is in no shape to be calling together her Tennessee women’s basketball teammates and coaches in a group huddle.

She’s been immersed in her own medical ordeal for most of the month.

Yet she’s gathered everyone just the same.

“Given the circumstances, all that she has been through, I think it has brought our team and all of us closer together,” Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt said. “When you see someone who’s so young, going through so many challenges. Amber is family. It has brought us closer together. . . . and made us realize how precious life is.”

Complications ensued after Gray underwent shoulder surgery on July 2 at St. Mary’s Medical Center. The Lady Vols forward underwent a series of tests and later was moved to the University of Cincinnati’s Neuroscience Institute, where she underwent a 12 1/2-hour surgical procedure beginning on July 20 for an aneurysm in her brain.

Gray was moved last week to the Drake Rehabilitation Center in Cincinnati. Gray’s mother, Tonya Carter, said Monday that there’s no timetable for her daughter’s recovery.

Summitt said that she’s been impressed with Gray’s upbeat attitude in the face of such a challenge.

“It wasn’t like ‘why me?’ ” Summitt said, “It’s ‘what do I have to do to get better.’

“I think her positive attitude has helped her family and everyone. She’s kept a great sense of humor. Every time I’ve gone in the room, she’d had something to say.”

The Lady Vols want to buoy Gray’s spirit with their support. While Gray was in Knoxville, the players convened their own vigil on her behalf with their presence at the hospital.

“The people at St. Mary’s did a great job of protecting Amber but letting her teammates go in two or three at a time,” Summitt said.

With Gray in Cincinnati, the Lady Vols’ challenge is closing the distance between here and there. They’ve built a bridge through cyberspace but have to be careful about too much traffic.

“I was talking with Tonya,” Summitt said. “They just had to turn (Amber’s) cell phone off so she could get the quality rest she needed.”

While the Lady Vols figure out the right amount of communication with Gray, they seem to be locked in on the appropriate content.

“It’s going to be important that she knows every day she’s in our thoughts and prayers and we’re pulling for her,” Summitt said.

And since Gray went to all the trouble, they ought hold that huddle together, too.

“She’s brought us all together,” Summitt said, “in a very good way.”

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2009 in Amber, Gray, ladyvols, Pat, Summitt, tennessee, UT

 

LADY VOLS SOPHMORE AMBER GRAY SHOULDER SURGERY COMPLICATIONS

Lady Vols’ Gray suffers post-surgery complication
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee forward Amber Gray will be transferred to a hospital to be near her family in Ohio after suffering unspecific complications following shoulder surgery last week.

Lady Vols team trainer Jenny Moshak says Gray’s July 2 surgery was successful, but the West Chester, Ohio, native suffered some complications after surgery unrelated to her shoulder.

She will undergo diagnostic testing and rehabilitation at a hospital in Cincinnati. Tennessee officials did not have a timetable for her recovery and rehabilitation.

Gray, a 6-1 rising sophomore, injured her shoulder during a practice session after the end of the 2008-09 season. She played in 27 games, averaging 2.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in 7.6 minutes per contest.
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UT LADY VOL AMBER GRAY HAS SUCCESSFUL SUGERY


Gray has Successful Surgery

Amber Gray had surgery Thursday, July 2 to repair an injury to her left shoulder.

July 2, 2009

Jenny Moshak, University of Tennessee Associate Athletics Director for Sports Medicine, announced this afternoon that Lady Vol basketball rising sophomore Amber Gray had undergone successful shoulder surgery today.

“Drs. Greg Mathien and Russell Betcher, UT team orthopaedists, performed surgery on Amber’s left shoulder,” said Moshak. “The arthroscopic surgery addressed a repair to her posterior capsule and labrum.”

According to Moshak, Gray’s rehabilitation will begin immediately. She is expected to be fully recovered in six months.

Gray, a 6-1 forward from West Chester, Ohio, injured her shoulder during a Lady Vols’ post-NCAA practice session. During her freshman season, Gray played in 27 games. She averaged 2.7 ppg and 1.9 rpg in 7.6 minutes per contest.

taken from http://www.utladyvols.com

 
 
 
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