Isaac Lindsey, the Templeton High School football player who suffered a life-threatening traumatic brain injury during a game against San Luis Obispo High on Sept. 18 and spent a week in a medically induced coma, could be released from rehabilitation next month.
Jenny Lindsey, Isaac’s mother, said his progress at Santa Clara Valley Acute Rehabilitation has been going remarkably well and he may be able to return home in December.
“The Dr’s and all his therapists are pleased with his progress and his positive attitude and determination,” Jenny Lindsey wrote in an email to The Tribune, reiterating a message posted on Facebook last month. “That being said, I always feel like I need to clarify for people what ‘remarkably well’ means with a brain injury patient.”
“He is relearning a lot of daily living skills that we all take for granted every day, including the ability to stand and to walk.”
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Jenny Lindsey said her son, who turned 17 on Oct. 30, also is working on improving his cognitive skills and memory.
Lindsey collapsed during the fourth quarter of the Sept. 18 game and was rushed to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, where he underwent brain surgery and was put into a medically-induced coma to help control swelling that could damage brain tissue. He was transferred to the rehabilitation center after two weeks.
The Templeton community quickly rallied around the family with “Team Isaac” signs and banners sprouting up throughout town and fundraising efforts that continue to bring in money.
In the two months since his injury, more than $104,000 has been raised on a GoFundMe.com page set up in his name. A song written and recorded by Rolf Gehrung of Templeton titled “32 STRONG” that details the community’s support for Isaac was created last month, and the YouTube video has generated more than 4,300 views.
A benefit auction is scheduled for Saturday at the Home Sweet Home Cottage & Ranch in Paso Robles.
“We thank you for your continued support and community involvement. Not to mention the countywide #32 on display at every football game from youth to college,” Jenny Lindsey wrote in her email.
“We are grateful every day that he is here with us and that God’s plan includes his slow and steady progress in healing,” she wrote. “We are always mindful that this will be a long and difficult journey that may take months and/or years, but we are optimistic in this time of recovery.”
Editor's Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the name of the performer on the "32 STRONG" song as PM Romero. PM Romero assisted in the recording of the song but did not perform or write it.
Support for Isaac
Saturday’s benefit auction: 4 to 9 p.m. at Home Sweet Home Cottage & Ranch in Paso Robles, 282 Templeton Cemetery Road. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children 6 to 13 years old, and free for children younger than 5 years old.
Cards and letters of support: Can be sent to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Attn: Loren “Isaac” Lindsey, Second Rehab Room #2E017, 751 South Bascom Ave, San Jose, CA 95128.