Columbus North High School senior Josh Speidel is moving from IU Health Methodist Hospital to a specialty hospital in Indianapolis on Monday afternoon, according to a spokesman from Methodist.
Speidel, who suffered a serious head injury in a two-car accident near Columbus on Feb. 1, remains in critical but stable condition according to public relations coordinator Gene Ford.
Speidel’s parents, Dave and Lisa, said Wednesday in a news conference at Methodist that Josh hadn’t yet made any “purposeful movements” since the accident but was able to do some breathing on his own.
“Seeing him lying there, all cleaned up, it looks like he’s just sleeping,” Dave Speidel said Wednesday. “You want to say, ‘Get up.'”
The 6-8 Speidel is one of the top high school senior basketball players in the state and a University of Vermont recruit. The state – particularly the basketball community – has rallied in support of Speidel, wearing #JoshStrong shirts and raising money for the family in his recovery process.
Call Star reporter Kyle Neddenriep at (317) 444-6649.
More than 500 people from the Columbus community came to a pasta dinner in the Columbus North High School cafeteria before the school’s basketball game against Hamilton Southeastern on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 to raise funds to help pay the medical bills of star player Josh Speidel, who was critically injured in a two-car accident on U.S. 31 on Sunday night.