Written by Brandon George
Injured Molina player Diondre Preston moved to rehab unit, still in need of financial help
Molina senior quarterback Diondre Preston was moved Wednesday from intensive care to the rehab unit at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.
Preston, 17, suffered a severe spinal cord injury in a Sept. 30 game after helmet-to-helmet hit against Pinkston. Doctors say he is paralyzed from the shoulders down.
The Preston family faces many medical bills and needs a handicap-accessible house. A fund for donations has been established at Texas Capital Bank, 2000 McKinney Ave., in the name of Diondre Preston.
Dallas ISD athletic director Jeff Johnson said the school district has a catastrophic insurance policy that will help cover some of the medical costs for Preston and his family. Preston had been in ICU at University Baylor Medical Center at Dallas until Wednesday, when he was moved to the hospital's rehab unit.
The Dallas ISD catastrophic insurance policy, however, won't cover all of the extraordinary costs and lifestyle changes associated with a severe spinal-cord injury. Many bills will come after Preston leaves the hospital and has to be cared for at home. Preston needs a handicap-accessible home and vehicle now that isn't covered under the Dallas ISD policy.