Kansas Football Player in Coma After Hit During Game

By: AP
By: AP

DENVER (AP) _ A high school football player from Kansas is in a coma at a Denver hospital with a brain injury suffered during a play in a game last weekend.

Pratt High School officials say 16-year-old linebacker Luke Southard was knocked unconscious by a helmet-to-helmet hit in Friday night's game against Scott City. Hundreds of people gathered on the football field Sunday night for a candlelight vigil and prayer.

Southard was flown to Colorado because bad weather didn't allow a flight to Wichita. His family's pastor said Southard underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain and remove blood clots.

He also said Southard is in a drug-induced coma, and that his condition has been upgraded to stable.


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