Karns City Area High School quarterback Mason Martin collapsed on the field during Friday night’s game and he was flown to UPMC Presbyterian where he was said to be in critical condition.
Martin’s family posted an update on social media about his health after previously stating that they needed a miracle.
“Within the last 24 hours Mason has demonstrated some purposeful movement in his arms,” the family wrote. “His eyes have slightly reacted to light. He is also retracting his legs when his toes are pinched. His lung has completely recovered and his chest tube has been removed.
“We were waiting to give a social media update at the end of the week knowing he will have more tests and changes throughout the week but we wanted to clear up any rumors now. This is the first positive step in an extremely long journey. The prayer vigils held at the hospital and at Karns City have overwhelmed us with his joy and motivation.
“We ask for your continued prayers and support. Thanks again.”
Mason Martin collapsed in the third quarter of Karns City High School’s game against Redbank Valley High School. The incident occurred in the third quarter when Marin stumbled and eventually fell to the ground. His family stated at the time that their son suffered a “significant brain bleed as well as a collapsed lung.”
His family said he was involved in a hit, or tackle, and continued playing defense without any notable issues. However, once he stepped on the field for a kickoff return, a ref would ask him if he was okay, and he stated no. Then he fell to the ground.
On top of this news is the family already dealing with Martin’s mother battling stage 4 breast cancer.
Prayer vigils were held for the 17-year-old player over the weekend. We hope and pray Martin has a speedy recovery and will one day be able to step on the field again.
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