Five days after suffering a brain injury during a game, Templeton High School football player Isaac Lindsey remained hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday evening.
Lindsey, 16, is in the intensive care unit at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, where he has been in a medically induced coma since undergoing surgery Saturday to relieve swelling on his brain, according to a statement from parents Michael and Jenny Lindsey.
While the family has declined interviews, Jennie Lindsey wrote on her public Facebook page that her son faces a long road to recovery.
“Isaac had another sedation vacation this morning,” she wrote Tuesday night. “The results mirrored those from yesterday. The Dr. explained his injury at length with us along with the fact that his particular brain injury may take a long time for him to completely recover from and his progress may be slow. So we are preparing for this to take quite some time and include a good dose of therapy.”
Lindsey, a running back on the Templeton High football team, was blocking for a teammate when a San Luis Obispo High defender put his forearm into his chest, the SLO High coach Pat Johnston said after reviewing the game video on Saturday. After the play, Lindsey grabbed his head and ran off the field and collapsed.
The Templeton community has rallied behind the family, including raising funds to help the family during Lindsey’s recovery. As of 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, 689 people have donated more than $84,000 through a GoFundMe.com page.