PITTSBURGH (BVM) — Nothing is scarier than an athlete collapsing on a field. That unfortunately took place Friday night in a Pennsylvania high school football matchup.
In the third quarter of Karns City’s game against Redbank Valley, Karns City quarterback Mason Martin fell down and would be airlifted to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh where it would later be discovered that the senior suffered a brain bleed and a collapsed lung.
The initial outlook for Martin was not good as his parents updated the public through social media posts.
“Mason remains in critical condition with little change over the last 36 hours,” Martin’s mother posted on Facebook Sunday. “The truth is we need a miracle. I’m not saying that to sound grim, but to let you know that we need the strength of your prayers.”
Thankfully there has been some progress on Martin’s condition in recent days, as he has begun to respond to neurological testing according to WTAE News.
There is still a long recovery ahead for Martin, as his recent development is just one step in the right direction.
“An injury like this is catastrophic in some cases, so we don’t know what will happen,” neuroscientist Chris Nowinski told Paul Van Osdol of WTAE. “First, let’s hope he survives, and then let’s hope his ability to think and talk and walk is retained. With physical therapy and rehabilitation, hopefully, he’ll be able to return to a normal life.”
The local community has come together in this time of need as they have held multiple prayer vigils in support of 17-year-old Martin.
— Karns City Football (@KC_GremlinFball) September 3, 2023
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the Martin family and has raised over $32,000 as of noon Tuesday. Martin’s mother is also battling breast cancer.