Agawam teen to be flown to Atlanta hospital

Alex Scarfui is paralyzed from the chest down

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – The family of Alex Scafuri, the teen who was critically injured in a hit and run accident in Agawam on March 16th, released a statement on his condition.

According to the statement sent to 22News, Alex has been receiving treatment in the pediatric intensive care unit at Baystate Medical Center for over two weeks. He suffered several broken bones, and is paralyzed from the chest down, with limited movement of his right arm.

On Thursday morning, Alex will be flown to a hospital in Atlanta that specializes in spinal injuries, where he will receive treatment for several weeks.

The family said, “Alex wants everyone to know that he is staying strong, in good spirits, and ready to fight for recovery while in Atlanta…He is fully conscious and alert, using his wit to make the nurses laugh and his smile to brighten the room.”

The family thanked the community for the outpouring support, and thanked the Agawam Police, Massachusetts State Police, and medical teams at Baystate Medical Center for their help during this difficult time.

Below is the entire statement from the family of Alex Scafuri:

As many of you know, it has been just over two weeks since Alex was seriously injured in a pedestrian accident while on his way home from volleyball tryouts. As a family, we wanted to update you on his condition and thank you for the overwhelming support we have received from our community.

Alex has been receiving treatment in the pediatric intensive care unit at Baystate Medical Center ever since the accident. He suffered several broken bones that night, and is currently paralyzed from the chest down, with very limited movement of his right arm. Thursday morning Alex will be flown to a hospital in Atlanta that specializes in spinal injuries, where he will receive treatment for several weeks.

Alex will try his very best, while working with rehabilitation experts, to regain body movement.

Alex wants everyone to know that he is staying strong, in good spirits, and ready to fight for recovery while in Atlanta. Although he is injured, Alex’s bright personality is as strong as ever. He is fully conscious and alert, using his wit to make the nurses laugh and his smile to brighten the room. He is fully aware of the outpouring of love and support that we have received from our community.  

“Team Alex” is filled with family, friends, neighbors, classmates, and even strangers.  From vigils to well wishes to donations, we have been completely overwhelmed by everyone’s care and concern. Words cannot express our appreciation to everyone who has taken time to help us, including the Agawam Police, Massachusetts State Police, and medical teams at Baystate Medical Center.

Please continue to pray and support Alex on the long journey he has ahead of him, and we will update you when we are able to do so. The love our family has received from across the community gives us hope and encouragement for our journey to Atlanta and for Alex’s future as a whole. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

Sincerely,
The Scafuri family

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