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KU student injured at Phi Gamma Delta fraternity party admitted to Denver-area rehab center

October 14, 2010

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A Kansas University freshman who was seriously injured at a Phi Gamma Delta party has been transferred to a Denver area rehabilitation clinic.

Matt Fritzie, a freshman from Stilwell, has been admitted to Craig Hospital, a clinic that only admits patients with serious spinal cord injuries or traumatic brain injuries, a hospital spokesman confirmed Thursday.

Fritzie has been at the clinic since Sept. 27. Typically, patients stay at the rehabilitation clinic for two or three months, said Kenny Hosack, the hospital’s spokesman.

Hosack said the Fritzie family had opted not to release information about his condition. Sources have told the Journal-World that Fritzie remains paralyzed from the chest down after he was injured diving into a shallow, makeshift pool at a fraternity party last month.

The fraternity was recently placed on probation by the university for hazing violations.

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garyr 3 years, 6 months ago

This is in all seriousness....I had a friend who was in a car accident in the late 80's. He fell asleep, went off the road, and wrecked his car in a culvert. He ended up a quadraplegic. He was in Craig Hospital for some time, and is doing fantastic now. Has a child, and everything! Craig is a great place, and will get this young kid back on track. Rumor had it that my friend had to chew through his seat belt to try and get out. That's what the rescue people have said. I have asked him this on several occasions, but he can not remember getting out of the car. They did have to use the Jaws of Life to free him though. He was a big guy, and a three time All-American Center for an NAIA College football team. He was drafted by the 49er's three weeks before this wreck.

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Uhjh 3 years, 6 months ago

As reported in the LJW an observer stated when he was out of the pool he was convulsing and could not feel/move is legs. His neck was stabilized until help arrived. Since this was obviously and extremely serious injury the fraternity didn’t stop but decided to party on. Someone in charge could have said party over. This blatant disregard for a fellow student is enough for permanent expulsion of the fraternity period.

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Kontum1972 3 years, 6 months ago

pull their charter remove them from campus and make Phi Gamma Delta National foot the entire bill for as long as he needs it.....obtw....what are the legal ramifications for the frat brothers who came up with this pool party that is considered hazing...what would it of been if he would of died..or if within the next few years he does die from some sort of complications...does it become manslaughter?

Ruling plz!

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edjayhawk 3 years, 6 months ago

A very unnecessary event. All fraternities need to be alcohol free at the fraternity house. My fraternity is alcohol free and membership has skyrocketed since that took effect.

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Roland Gunslinger 3 years, 6 months ago

Just goes to show how quickly something fun can turn into a life altering event.

You have a long row to hoe. I wish the kid and his support system (which it looks like he'll need for life) good luck.

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KEITHMILES05 3 years, 6 months ago

There is a great hospital in Nebraska who known for rehabilatation.

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onceagain 3 years, 6 months ago

I would hope the frat is getting billed for all this at the very least.

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lawdog 3 years, 6 months ago

So does anyone know if this incident was associated with 'hazing'?

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Jimo 3 years, 6 months ago

This really is the #1 hospital in the U.S. for spinal cord injury rehab. I knew of a family that faced a similar dilemma that sent their daughter there. Short of some stem cell discovery miracle, this is the kid's best shot.

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Bob Forer 3 years, 6 months ago

A terribly tragic case. Most of us did dumb things when we were young, but survived unscathed. Too bad this young man has to suffer severe consequences for the rest of his life.

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