Templeton High School football player Isaac Lindsey was transferred Friday from Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo to Santa Clara Valley Acute Rehabilitation to begin the next phase of his treatment, according to Sierra Vista spokesman Ron Yukelson.
Lindsey, 16, suffered a traumatic brain injury during a football game Sept. 18. He was taken to Sierra Vista, where he underwent surgery and was put into a medically induced coma for a week, which is done to reduce brain activity and help control swelling that can damage brain tissue.
When he was brought out of the coma, he was able to breath on his own, speak and move his limbs, according to the family
In a statement Friday, the Lindsey family expressed its “sincere appreciation and heartfelt thanks for the outpouring of support they have received since he sustained his injury.” The family also asked that he not receive visitors in order for Lindsey to focus on his rehabilitation.
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Cards and letters of support can be sent to: Santa Clara Valley Acute Rehabilitation, 751 South Bascom Ave., San Jose, CA 95128.
Since Lindsey was taken off the football field on a stretcher during the fourth quarter of a game between Templeton and San Luis Obispo High School, the region has rallied around his family: parents Jenny and Michael Lindsey, sister Mattie and older brother Louis, who plays on the same football team and was in the game the night Isaac trotted off the field, hands to his helmet, and collapsed on the sideline.