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Elder basketball standout with spinal injury accepted into stem cell research study

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An Elder High School graduate and basketball standout recovering from a serious spinal cord injury has been accepted into a stem cell research study.

Ryan Custer initially had no feeling below his waist after he was hurt jumping into a makeshift pool during a party near the University of Miami in Oxford on April 8. 

He fractured his C-5 vertebrae, according to a Facebook page his family created to keep people updated on his recovery.

The Wright State University basketball player has since some feeling in the top of his foot.

He's also breathing on his own for several hours at a time.

"We did hear that Ryan has been approved for the stem cell study so as soon as he is able to travel he will be going to Rush University in Chicago for 2 1/2 weeks," his father wrote on Facebook.

Ryan's family is expected to release more details on his progress Tuesday afternoon.

FOX19 NOW will cover the 3:30 p.m. press conference at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

See the latest on this developing story tonight at 6:30 p.m. and again at 10 p.m.

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