• Allison McMillian

Georgia high school football player dies after receiving brain injury

A linebacker from Pike County High School died on Sunday, Sept. 31, 2018, after suffering a severe brain injury during the second quarter of a football game played on Friday, according to FoxNews and Sports Illustrated.

The injury occurred when 16-year-old Dylan Thomas collided with one of Peach County's players. He then returned to the field. During the second half of the game, he started to feel the effects of the collision. When he was sitting on the sidelines, his arm and leg went numb. He then collapsed, according to Thomas' uncle.

Thomas was then taken to WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital in nearby Griffin and was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. He underwent two brain surgeries to reduce swelling and was in a coma through Saturday. The whole time he was in the hospital, doctors struggled to keep the swelling down. His chances for survival were very slim.

On Sunday afternoon, people gathered on Pike County's football field for a vigil. The school also held a fundraiser to help pay for the family's expenses. They raised $29,000 by Monday morning.

Then on Sunday at 8 p.m., Dylan passed away due to his injuries. People have been taking to social media to send prayers and condolences to his family and friends.