By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/16/10
Early one weekend morning, three months ago in the Old City Section of Philadelphia, former Villanova University and La Salle College High lacrosse standout Eddie DiDonato was shot six times at close range during an altercation.
The Jan. 17 incident left DiDonato, 23, of Blue Bell, in critical condition in Jefferson University Hospital for several weeks.
DiDonato, who suffered severe damage to multiple organs, and a bullet to the spine, fought for his life as hard as he used to fight on the lacrosse field when he was a scholastic All-American and a two-time captain for the first Wildcats’ playoff team.
Since that fateful day DiDonato has endured 10 operations, overcome numerous setbacks and has made remarkable progress towards regaining his health and strength.
Now a patient at Philadelphia’s Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, DiDonato’s sheer determination and willpower, along with the help of a team of rehabilitation specialists, family and friends, have him well on the road to recovery.
Now, he is ready to talk, exclusively to Phillylacrosse.com.
Beginning Monday, in a multi-part series, DiDonato speaks for the first time, of his recovery, and the amazing team that has gotten him back on his feet and holding a lacrosse stick again.
The suspect in the shooting, Gerald Ung, a Temple law student, faces a preliminary hearing today in a Philadelphia court. Ung is charged with attempted murder and related offenses.
For a look back at previous articles on the incident, click to these links:
DiDonato’s condition stabilizes after being moved back into Intensive Care; is downgraded to critical
DiDonato’s former teammate: ‘It’s pretty incredible how lucky and strong he’s been the past couple of days’
Contributing editor: Kristen Imperiale