By Logan Martinez
August 26, 2014
LAURINBURG — Scotland star Jaylend Ratliffe continues to make good progress as he heals from an ATV accident that left him with a fractured skull last month. He passed a swallow test last Friday and is no longer on a feeding tube, according to a source.
Scotland coach Richard Bailey said this was another important step in Ratliffe’s recovery process, adding that he was able to drink fluids and small amounts of soft food, like jello.
Ratliffe is currently in the pediatric wing of Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte after doctors moved him out of the intensive care unit two weeks ago. He will continue to undergo physical therapy as he slowly recuperates from the accident.
The Scotland County community has supported Ratliffe for afar with several fundraisers the last few weeks. The latest, a plate sale, will take place Thursday at First United Methodist Church, at the corner of Church and Main streets in Laurinburg.
Ray Herring, of Southernway Catering, has organized the sale, calling it, “Cooking for Jaylend.”
Lunch will be served from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. and dinner from 4-7 p.m. Plates are $7 each for either chicken or pork chops with two sides, drink and dessert. A plate with both chicken and pork can be purchased for $10.
Tickets can be purchased downtown at Harley’s Tuxedo or the Gospel Music and Christian Bookstore; at Community Drugs or Holmes Insurance, at 1028 and 615 Atkinson Street, respectively; at Carrie & Co., at 898 U.S. 401 or Taylor Made Cuts, across from Scotland High School on Church Street.