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Perham basketball player Gabbard awake, able to move limbs

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Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

Zach Gabbard, the Perham, Minn., junior basketball player who collapsed on the court Jan. 20 during a game in Glyndon, Minn., is awake and able to move his limbs.

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His parents have been keeping friends and family updated on the high school junior's condition through the CaringBridge website.

In the latest entry, dated 8:27 p.m. Monday, Gabbard's parents said he was responding but hated the breathing tube still in his throat.

"He had another great day. He was awake most of the day and continues to show signs of response to simple yes and no questions," the site said.

Gabbard remains on kidney dialysis. In a previous post on Sunday, his parents said it would be a few days before doctors are able to do more tests to determine if he has any temporary or permanent damage to his kidneys and brain.

Gabbard was initially taken to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo. He was later transferred to the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, in Minneapolis.

Gabbard has undergone two heart surgeries and his chest remained open until Friday, when doctors were able to close it, according to the site.

A biopsy was performed last week in an attempt to find the cause of Gabbard's collapse, but no cause was determined, the site said.

Nearly 175,000 people have visited Gabbard's site at www.caringbridge.org/visit/zachgabbard for daily updates of his condition.

Gabbard - who had remained heavily sedated and asleep since the collapse - received words of encouragement from 2,280 entries on his website.

Many entries have been made by people who say they have never met Gabbard but were touched by his story.

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