Grace Christian player on track for full recovery

Grace Christian player on track for full recovery following collapse on football field

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McKamey collapsed during the game. (Source: Grace Christian Academy) McKamey collapsed during the game. (Source: Grace Christian Academy)

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

CHATTANOOGA (WATE) - Grace Christian High School football player Will McKamey is making a quick recovery after a scary injury during a game Friday night.  

The senior running back collapsed during the team's game at South Pittsburg. His father said Will suffered a brain injury, but doctors do not expect any permanent damage.

McKamey was recovering over the weekend at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.  

He was released Monday morning from the Intensive Care Unit. His family says he is on track to make a full recovery.  

"It's been nothing but good news since Friday," said Randy McKamey, Will's father and Grace Christian head coach.

It's been less than 72 hours since Randy McKamey's son laid motionless on the sideline at South Pittsburg High School.

After scoring a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter, he went to the sideline and collapsed.  

"He said before the snap he went deaf, couldn't hear, and after that as he was coming off, things just began to get dark. He grabbed our athletic director, Johnny Cox, and said 'I'm going down'," said Randy McKamey.  

Will McKamey injury was caused by a blood vessel that ruptured, but doctors say it wasn't caused by a single hit or play in Friday's game. He didn't even suffer a concussion.

His family said he will beat the odds.  

"Will's scan and Will's body don't match. The scan shows a kid that shouldn't be doing what's he doing right now," McKamey said.

Will's condition was described Monday as fragile, but he was awake and alert and communicating regularly.  

"It's going to be difficult keeping him quiet and not over-stimulated and not wanting to go out and do. He thinks he's fine and thinks he's Superman," said Kara McKamey, Will's mother.  

Doctors said McKamey won't play football again this year, but he is expected to play next year at the Naval Academy.  

McKamey wasn't feeling well enough to talk on camera, but the family said it could be any day before he is released and can head back home.  

Will's father hopes his son will be to attend the team's playoff games, but he won't be cleared to play.  

McKamey is a candidate for the Grace Christian valedictorian and plans to attend medical school after college.

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