A high school football player in Illinois is out of a coma after suffering a severe on-field brain injury last week, relatives and sources said.
Aidan Carlson, a sophomore running back and linebacker at St. Charles North High School, was “taken out of his coma” late Monday after being injured Friday during a game against St. Charles East High School, according to a fundraising webpage set up by his uncle.
“This is [the] best news we’ve had all weekend and we’re happy to share it with everyone,” Carlson’s uncle, Sean Peters, wrote. “We are beyond joyed to see how quickly the community came to aid Aidan and his family.”
The teen, who was airlifted to a hospital, had emergency neurosurgery and underwent “many different procedures” after getting hurt during the matchup between sophomores at the suburban Chicago schools, Peters said.
Carlson was injured during the final play of the game, but managed to walk off the field by himself. He later lost consciousness while walking in a parking lot en route to the team’s locker room, a source told the Daily Herald.
Counselors were made available to students or staffers at the school in the aftermath of Carlson’s injury and a scheduled freshman-sophomore football game between St. Charles North and St. Charles East on Monday was canceled, the newspaper reports.
Aidan’s condition has been stabilized in a pediatric intensive care unit at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, a nurse told the Kane County Chronicle.
More than $18,000 has been donated to the teen’s recovery effort, according to the online fundraiser.
“The Carlsons are so beside themselves with so many emotions right now but they are incredibly grateful for every donation, prayer and message they’ve received,” Peters wrote. “We ask that you please respect our privacy at this time, as Aidan is in his recovery.”