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Anthony Quetta provides update on son A.J.

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It was a week ago Tuesday that Bishop Feehan hockey player A.J. Quetta suffered a serious spinal cord injury during a game. Since then there has been an outpouring of support from across New England and the country, including nearly $1 million in donations to help pay for his treatment and recovery.

Anthony Quetta, A.J.'s father, joined The Greg Hill Show Tuesday morning to provide an update on A.J. and to thank everyone who has reached out and donated.

"I don't have a lot of news. It's the same. He's in critical condition. He's sedated," Quetta said. "He went through surgery to fix his spine. As you know, it was a spinal cord injury. Now he needs to heal. We have a few things that need to take place before we can move on to the next phase of rehab, which is where we'll find out where we stand. We really just don't know what's going to happen. That's where we're at."

A GoFundMe page set up by Quetta's family has raised over $740,000 as of Tuesday morning, and The Greg Hill Foundation's fundraiser has raised another $145,000. The Bruins, the Boston Bruins Foundation and the Jacobs family pledged a minimum donation of $100,000.

"It's absolutely awe-inspiring," Quetta said of the support. "The money is so important for his recovery, but it's not just the money. It's the way that everybody just came out for him and the way they treated him, [Boston Bruins Foundation executive director] Bob Sweeney and the Boston Bruins organization and you guys, and how everyone just dropped what they were doing. It's just awe-inspiring. My wife Nicole and I, we can't thank you enough. There's no way to ever thank you. We're forever in your debt. It's crazy."

Quetta said he has collected all kinds of messages and videos of support, including from Bruins players, but that they're easing A.J. in when it comes to showing it all to him.

"We have it all, and it's all ready to go," he said. "I have some of the Bruins, they sent out messages to him, that interview after the game the other night [with Chris Wagner], when he started the interview by honoring my boy. I have all of that ready to go. I let him see Marchand hanging his jersey, and that was very emotional for him. We decided at that point we're probably going to ease him into this stuff, because the reality of it is it's too much. It's just too much right now."

Quetta said there's still a long road ahead for A.J. and encouraged people to keep praying for him.

"Just pray. Just keep praying," he said. "Pray as hard as you can for the kid, because he's going to need all the prayers he can get. He's got a long road ahead of him. In this day and age, with technology and medicine, I think he's going to have a better shot than most of the kids in this situation in the past. That's what we're hoping for, and we're going to do whatever it takes to get him back to where he was. That's all we can hope for, is the prayers. Keep them coming."

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