(TheRedAlertNews.com) – A high school quarterback collapsed during a game, leading to his emergency hospitalization, with his family saying his condition is so severe that he needs “a miracle” to survive.
The tragedy occurred during last Friday’s football game in Butler County, Pennsylvania, between Karns City High School and Redbank Valley High School, The Butler Eagle reports, as cited by Fox News.
At one point during the third quarter, Karns City quarterback Mason Martin started to stagger, which was noticed by referee Mike Vasbiner.
“I had to talk to him, and when I asked if he was alright, he told me, ‘No.’ So, that’s when I knew something was wrong,” Vasbiner told the local newspaper.
After that, however, Martin collapsed on the field. He was taken by helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
The game was suspended and was not resumed afterward. Redbank Valley was declared the winner since they were ahead 35-6 when Martin’s collapse interrupted the game.
The teenager’s family later revealed their son was suffering from a “significant brain bleed as well as a collapsed lung, KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh reports.
The Karns City High School football team posted an update from Martin’s mother on social media.
“Mason remains in critical condition with little change over the last 36 hours. The truth is we need a miracle. I’m not saying that to sound grim, but to let you know that we need the strength of your prayers,” the mother informed.
“No one believes in this kid more than us, but he needs everyone’s strength and prayers. Right now, we have to wait for the swelling to go down to assess the extent of the damage to the brain,” she added.
On Saturday, Karns City Superintendent Eric Ritzert said a prayer vigil for Martin would occur at Diehl Stadium on Sunday night.
“All are welcome to gather with us in prayer,” Rizert stated in a social media post, as cited by Penn Live.
“We will also have counselors available during the community prayer vigil for those in need of support,” the superintendent added.