There has been a lot of controversy over the risks of injuries that football players suffer during the game. After what happened to a Georgia high school football player who died Sunday evening after sustaining a severe brain injury from a game Friday night,there can be no dispute.
Dylan Thomas, 16, was a linebacker for Pike County High School in Zebulon, which is about an hours’ drive south of Atlanta. On Friday, Pike County played against a varsity team from Peach County High School, Atlanta’s FOX 5 reported.
Thomas collided with another player in the middle of the game, but returned to the field, his uncle told FOX 5. When Thomas was sitting on the sidelines, his arm and leg went numb and he collapsed, Thomas’ uncle said.
His uncle Nick Burgess said, according to the Associated Press. Thomas later collapsed on the sidelines.
“I heard that he was saying that, you know, he wasn’t feeling right and that’s when his left leg and his left arm went numb and he pretty much fell off the bench,” Burgess told WAGA.
Thomas was airlifted to a hospital. He underwent two surgeries to relieve swelling in his brain, FOX 5 reported. Doctors were struggling to control the swelling through the weekend. Hundreds of people gathered at Pike County High School for a vigil around Sunday evening, WMAZ-TV reported.
Around 8 p.m. Sunday, Thomas succumbed to his injury. A school administrator confirmed Thomas’ death to WMAZ-TV.
A fundraiser was established to help the family with medical bills and lost income. The family said funeral arrangements are pending.
In the wake of the death, family and friends shared memories of Thomas on Facebook.
Praying for our dear friends Shannon Burgess Thomas Darren Thomas and thier son Dylan Thomas who was badly injured at the Pike football game last night.
“Tonight god gained a beautiful angel , gone way too soon , i will forever cherish all of our stupid memories and the way you made me smile when no one else could,” Allyson Prince wrote in a post on Saturday. “Dylan thomas you will forever be in my heart . god sure is lucky because pike sure is gonna miss you down here. rest easy dylan you’re finally pain free. i love you dylan.”
Another wrote: “We lost Dylan tonight shortly after the candle light vigil. I never admired a young man more than this one I called ‘Nephew’ Hold your loved ones a little longer, make that visit, make that phone call and always tell them you love them. We love you Dylan Michael Thomas.”