NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ David Lipscomb freshman women's basketball player Kaia Jergenson, who has meningitis, had her legs amputated below the knee at St. Thomas Hospital.

Jergenson, 18, was listed in critical condition following the surgery Wednesday. She has been hospitalized since Jan. 4.

The family said in a statement released by the hospital that Jergenson's doctors ``are confident that she has suffered no brain damage and has the potential to make a complete neurological recovery.''

Jergenson is one of Lipscomb's top players. She was the Class AAA tournament MVP while playing for Gallatin High School last year.

She is sedated and on a ventilator. Doctors believe the disease also has damaged her right hand.

The hospital said the disease, which affects the brain, is spread by coughing and sneezing.