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Mother of Eric LeGrand reaches out to Walker and his family

This Aug. 10, 2011, photo shows Tulane safety Devon Walker posing for a photograph in the Tulane University weight room in New Orleans. Walker fractured his spine in a head-to-head collision with a teammate during an NCAA college football game against Tulsa, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in Tulsa, Okla., according to the team doctor. (AP Photo/The Times-Picayune, Chris Granger) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; USA TODAY OUT
This Aug. 10, 2011, photo shows Tulane safety Devon Walker posing for a photograph in the Tulane University weight room in New Orleans. Walker fractured his spine in a head-to-head collision with a teammate during an NCAA college football game against Tulsa, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in Tulsa, Okla., according to the team doctor. (AP Photo/The Times-Picayune, Chris Granger) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; USA TODAY OUT ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK — Karen LeGrand was hit with a rush of awful memories when she heard a Tulane player had been carted off with a spinal cord injury.

In 2010, LeGrand was attending the game when her son, Eric, was hurt. She couldn't help but think of Devon Walker's mother, who was home in Louisiana when her son was injured during a game at Tulsa.

"My heart just dropped and I felt for his mom," LeGrand said Tuesday. "I just thought how I would have felt if I was watching on television and I wasn't there (when Eric was injured). ... To be hundreds of miles away has got to be a horrible feeling."

Walker had three hours of surgery Sunday and was in stable condition Monday. The long-term prognosis is still not clear.

Karen LeGrand said she has reached out to the Walkers through the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which raises money to find a cure for spinal cord injuries.

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