Surgery will come next week in Charleston for Willie Akers, a legend in high school basketball in West Virginia.
Akers, 75, was seriously injured in a fall at the Charleston Civic Center on Wednesday.
Speedy Bevins with MetroNews Affiliate WVOW Radio in Logan, where Akers serves as a Logan County Commissioner, says Akers wass being weaned off a ventilator Friday at Charleston Area Medical Center General Hospital.
“He does have a broken C-6 vertebrae and that can be dicey. His family acknowledges that this can be difficult,” Bevins said on Friday’s MetroNews Talkline.
He says surgery to repair the vertebrae in Akers’ neck could potentially lead to paralysis.
Akers coached basketball at Logan High for more than 20 years. A graduate of Mullens High School, he played basketball at West Virginia University from 1958 to 1960.
“Willie is indeed an icon and, not because he was a coaching legend, but because he has truly helped people in so many ways through the years,” Bevins said.