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Mom: Injured Fairmont wrestler awakes from coma

UPDATE @ 2:35 p.m. (Sept. 15): The following update about injured Fairmont wrestler Ahmad Doucet was posted on Facebook by his mother, Angela Fisher:

“Ahmad has been working extremely hard on his recovery. Over the last 6 weeks there has been a lot of improvement. Ahmad is no longer in a coma, he is in what is defined as a minimally conscious state. This means that he is alert during the the day and sleeps at night. He is aware of his surroundings and responds to what he sees and hears. He has begun to communicate with his eyes.

For example, you can hold pictures in front of him and ask him to look at a specific person and he is able to do that. You can also ask him a question that is is specific to a certain person and he is able to identify who you are referring to. He can answer yes and no using eye movements. He is also able to make some purposeful movements at times. Medically he has been stable and really looks good. Although he still has a long way to go, I am so happy to see the progress he has made. Ahmad is improving daily.

I appreciate all the love and support everyone has shown to my son and my family. I truly believe that the love and support you have given has played a tremendous role in Ahmads progress!



Ahmad Doucet — the Fairmont High School wrestler who suffered a stroke in a freak accident while training on June 21 — may be able to go home in six to eight weeks, depending on how well he recovers from a tracheostomy.

Ahmad remains unresponsive and on a ventilator.

He will undergo the procedure “in the very near future,” according to his mother, Angela Fisher.

In an update on the Fairmont High School Firebirds sports blog, Fisher said Ahmad will remain in the hospital for six to eight more weeks after surgery before returning home.

“I can’t say it enough, the support each and everyone of you have provided in whatever way you have been able to provide means so much,” Fisher said. “I am constantly praying for a miracle that GOD will allow Ahmad to wake up and live his amazing life. The continuing love and support all of you have shown to Ahmad has been a comfort in a very, very difficult time.”

Fisher said she will provide more updates on Ahmad’s condition as soon as she is able.

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Ad in Wright State student newspaper causes stir

A classified ad in the Wright State University student newspaper recruiting students to sell a "rebel tabloid" published by an Aryan separatist that represents "straight whites" is causing controversy on campus.Student journalists with The Guardian newspaper are defending their decision to publish the ad purchased by the Silverhill, Ala.-based "The First Freedom" and its companion website operated by the the Nation of Aryans Against Commie Putrefaction. The group's acronym is identical to that of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Brandon Semler, Guardian editor-in-chief, said staff members debated publishing the ad. "We were trying to make sure that we kept the Guardian an open forum - a public forum - where opinion was not necessarily rejected," he said. "It's solely a paid advertisement. The Guardian doesn't endorse it at all whatsoever."University spokesman Seth Bauguess said the university declined comment on the matter.Olaf Childress, editor of First Freedom, told the newspaper he does not consider himself a "supremacist," but a "separatist.""Some people think only their point of view has a right to be published," he said. "As soon as we talk about real diversity, they get into stuff they don't want to talk about."Semler said he knew the ad would offend some people."Where do we draw the line with these sorts of opinions? Where do we say what people can and cannot say and how they can advertise in our paper?" he said. "Those were the things that we discussed, so we decided ultimately to run it in that situation."

Business manager Jared Halloway said a Guardian ad representative was approached about the ad "a couple days" before the newspaper was set to publish. He said the paper offers classified ads at prices ranging from $9 to $20.Some Wright State students questioned the decision.

Senior Roseline Rodriguez said the ad made her "uncomfortable."Alec Carnell, a freshman, said, "If I was in charge, I don't think I would have let it slide."

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