High School Football Player Who Suffered Brain Injury Sees Condition Improve Slightly

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — A California high school football player who suffered a traumatic brain injury during a game earlier this month is out of a medically-induced coma and his condition has been upgraded from critical to serious.

The Tribune of San Luis Obispo reported Sunday that 16-year-old Isaac Lindsey was moved out of intensive care and into what’s called a step-down unit, where he will be continually monitored.

The Templeton High player collapsed on the sideline after coming off the field Sept. 18. He was taken to a hospital on a stretcher.

The newspaper says the boy’s mother, Jenny Lindsey, wrote on social media that her son was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain injury. She says since Isaac was brought out of the coma he has recognized family members and spoken a few words.

“Friday they removed Isaac’s respirator tubing and he is breathing on his own and no longer in a medically induced coma. He had slow and steady progress through the day and night which included recognition of family, movement in limbs and speaking a few words (one of which was MOM).

“Saturday Isaac was assessed for physical therapy. He had an active and very productive day the highlight of which for me was hearing that sweet voice again along with a kiss on the hand. Isaac remains in the ICU unit but we are optimistic and anticipate a change ahead,” Jenny Lindsey wrote in Facebook post this weekend.”

Since the injury, the community has set up a GoFundMe account to help offset some of the hospital costs while the family takes time off of work to help their son. The account has raised over $93,000 in eight days.