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Ashalou’s Recovery Addressed Before Duquesne’s Season Opener

Before the first Duquesne University regulation men’s basketball game today, members of the University administration and athletics department and doctors from Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh addressed the miraculous recovery of student-athlete Sam Ashaolu.

Ashaolu, the most seriously injured of the five basketball players shot on Sept. 17, attended the media event along with his brother, John, a graduate student manager with the Duquesne basketball program.

Sam Ashaolu spoke briefly, thanking supporters from the University and the medical team at Mercy Hospital.

“The support we have received has helped me and my family through some tough times,” Ashaolu said. “With the help of the people at Mercy Hospital—and the support of the Duquesne family—I have been able to take the first steps toward recovery.”

“Sam’s remarkable progress is an inspiration to us all,” said President Charles J. Dougherty, who also applauded the dignity and composure displayed by the team and the exceptional leadership of Coach Ron Everhart. “On behalf of the University, I thank Mercy Hospital and their team of health care professionals for the outstanding care they have provided Sam. Their expertise and compassion, along with the prayers of so many, have resulted in a truly miraculous outcome for Sam and his family.”

Dougherty also discussed security measures that have enhanced safety on campus, including adding personnel to the state-certified police force, initiating a bicycle patrol, purchasing an additional vehicle for garage patrol duties, and using metal detectors at various campus events.

“We are grateful for the many, many prayers and expressions of concern that we have received from alumni, friends and well-wishers around the nation. This support helped us through a time of great adversity,” Dougherty said.  “In our moment of need, we drew upon a deep reservoir of faith, good will and care for one another that is Duquesne University.”

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