Bethany football player rushed to hospital after suffering spinal injury during game

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BETHANY, Okla. - A high school football player is still recovering after suffering a serious injury during a game last week.

According to Bethany High School officials, senior football player Hudson Haws suffered a serious spinal injury during Friday night's game against Blanchard High School.

Haws was immediately rushed to the hospital, where he underwent surgery.

High school officials say Haws was able to move his arms, but say he still has a long road ahead of him.

"Lot of tears have been shed, lot of prayers have been lifted up," said Dr. Kent Shellenberger, Bethany Schools Superintendent.

Friends, family members and people of the community gathered for a prayer vigil Sunday night in honor of Haws.

"It'd be hard for me to guess how many people were there," explained Shellenberger. "I've heard a thousand, I've heard two thousand."

According to  Haws' father, Hudson has three fractured vertebrae in his neck.

"We just got his vent tube out," said Tim Haws. "He's had surgery, gone through that successfully, now we're in the healing process."

His family and friends continue to ask for support and prayers for his recovery.

Officials are planning a fundraising event this Sunday, Nov. 1 at the Bethany High School gym.

The event is sponsored by Swadley's Barbecue, who will be offering full meals to those who attend the event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All proceeds will go toward helping the Haws family.