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Injured student athlete will return to renovated house

Colt Brake, 16, crushed his C4 vertebra and fractured his C5 vertebra, injuring his spinal cord, during a football game in October against Parrott Academy.

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ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. — Church and community members renovated the home of an injured Rocky Mount Academy football player this weekend to welcome him back from months in rehab.
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Colt Brake, 16, crushed his C4 vertebra and fractured his C5 vertebra, injuring his spinal cord, during a football game in October against Parrott Academy. He had no feeling from his neck down immediately after the injury, but regained some feeling in his hands a few days later.

He was taken to Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville before being transferred to a spinal cord injury rehabilitation program at Shepherd Center in Atlanta.

On Wednesday, he'll return home.

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