Church gathers to pray for Will McKamey

Church gathers to pray for Will McKamey

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"We have come, Lord, to pray, asking, seeking, expecting a miracle to take place in Will's life," they prayed. "We have come, Lord, to pray, asking, seeking, expecting a miracle to take place in Will's life," they prayed.
Will McKamey is a former Knoxville high school football player who suffered a brain injury two years ago is back in the hospital after collapsing during spring practice at the U.S. Naval Academy. Will McKamey is a former Knoxville high school football player who suffered a brain injury two years ago is back in the hospital after collapsing during spring practice at the U.S. Naval Academy.

By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A former Knoxville high school football player who suffered a brain injury two years ago is back in the hospital after collapsing during spring practice at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Will McKamey played football for Grace Christian Academy before college and was awarded the Mister Football award his senior year. Now, he's a sophomore in college and still plays the game he loves. 

Saturday night, his family's church held a prayer service for him.

"We have come, Lord, to pray, asking, seeking, expecting a miracle to take place in Will's life," they prayed.

It is a miracle for Will Mckamey that came once before. The former Grace Christian Academy player collapsed during a game in 2012 with a brain injury.

He beat the odds and was allowed to play again, now for the US Naval Academy. Saturday during spring practice, the nightmare returned. Will collapsed again and was flown to the hospital for emergency surgery.

"He's the kind of young man that people like and want to be around and he's a leader, so we just want him to be able to return to all the things that he does and does well," said Pastor Todd Stewart.

His church family at Grace Baptist Church in Knoxville gathered to pray that Will would once again beat the odds.

"We really saw God do some amazing things a year and a half ago in Will's life. We just want to see that happen again. :08 We want him to recover. We want him to be whole and healthy," said Stewart.

Will credited those prayers in 2012 for helping his quick recovery, and now it is the only thing many we talked to know to do.

"We're just a family here and they are a big part of our family so we just came to pray that God would heal him basically and that he would comfort his mom and dad," said Stewart.

The U.S. Naval Academy released a statement earlier saying quote "The entire Naval Academy family is shaken by this turn of events, and we are providing all the support we can to Will and his family."

At last check, Will was listed in critical condition at a trauma center in Baltimore.

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