Incoming Cal linebacker Chris Fatilua suffered a “significant and serious” spinal cord injury Monday in his hometown of San Diego.
Fatilua’s family released a statement on Fatilua’s injury, which happened by accident, Wednesday via Cal athletics.
The following statement is being provided on behalf of the family of 2018 incoming freshman Chris Fatilua. pic.twitter.com/qAtVDqpwn6
— Cal Football (@CalFootball) June 14, 2018
“Chris has sustained a significant and serious spinal cord injury from an accident that occurred Monday afternoon in San Diego,” the Fatilua family wrote in the statement. “He is receiving treatment for his injury and his long-term prognosis is unknown at this time. Our family is tremendously appreciative of the support we have received from everyone at this difficult time. It is reassuring and inspirational to know that we will have that support as we begin the recovery process and tackle the challenges ahead. At this time we ask that our privacy be respected to help allow our family and those closest to us to focus on Chris’ recovery.”
Cal coach Justin Wilcox also released a statement on Fatilua’s injury.
“Our hearts and minds are with incoming freshman Chris Fatilua and his family at this difficult time,” Wilcox said in the statement. “The most important thing to focus on right now and in the immediate future is Chris’ recovery. Our Cal family will be there to support them in every way possible now and when Chris is ready to join us in Berkeley.”
Fatilua, a graduate of San Diego’s Madison High School, signed with the Golden Bears on Feb. 7.