Family: Lane Tech Player Out of Critical Condition, Remains in Coma

Sunday, Oct 20, 2013  |  Updated 6:05 PM CDT
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Star Football Player Suffers Brain Injury During Game

Drew Williams was a star in every sport he played at Lane Tech.

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Lane Tech Students Honor Injured Athlete

It was a standing ovation for Lane Tech football star Drew Williams at the school’s final home game. The high school senior has been fighting for his life, after collapsing with a severe head injury during last week’s game. Rob Elgas spoke to his family, who tell us he’s now breathing on his own.

Star Football Player Suffers Brain Injury During Game

A promising high school football player is fighting for his life. Lane Tech's Drew Williams collapsed during Friday's game versus Dunbar due to a severe brain injury and is in critical condition at a local hospital. Rob Elgas reports.
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The family of a hospitalized high school football player said the teen is no longer in critical condition but remains in coma.

Lane Tech College Prep High School senior Drew Williams, 17, collapsed on the sidelines earlier this month during a game against Dunbar Vocational.

Doctors said the 5 foot, 11 inch and 170 pound Williams suffered a severe brain injury and was in critical condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Family members said Williams’ life is no longer threatened by brain swelling but the extent of his recover remains unknown.

“We read every card and message to him, which we believe gives him inner strength as he prepares for this marathon we call recovery,” the family wrote to supporters.

Last week, Lane Tech supporters gathered for the school’s final home with Williams’ family in attendance.

Family members said they wanted to attend against the game against The Hornets of Edwin G. Foreman High School because Williams' younger brother, Bryce Williams, is also on the varsity team, although he didn't play.

Students wore t-shirts and bracelets in Drew's honor, and continue to collect donations. More than $36,000 to has been raised to help with medical bills.

"I just hope his family is doing OK. We're praying for him, all of us, and we're all supporting him," student Italia Torres said.

The family has set up a Facebook page to provide updates on Williams' condition. An account on GoFundMe.com is collecting donations for the teen's recovery fund.
 

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