Mason Martin, a high school quarterback for Karns City High School, is in critical condition following a collapse on the football field during a game against Redbank Valley. Emergency responders rushed to Martin’s aid quickly and then airlifted him to UPMC in Pittsburgh for immediate medical attention.
Family Shares Health Updates
According to the Martin family, Mason suffered from a severe brain bleed and a collapsed lung. However, a Facebook update from the family on Monday afternoon shared some glimmers of hope.
“Mason has shown some positive signs in the past 24 hours. He’s demonstrated purposeful movement in his arms and slight reactions to light in his eyes. His lung has also fully recovered, and the chest tube has been removed,” the post read.
The Moments Leading to the Collapse
Although it’s still unclear what precisely caused Mason’s injuries, the family indicated that he was involved in either a tackle or a hit. Despite the contact, Mason continued to play defense and only collapsed minutes later while returning to the field for a kick-off return.
Over Labor Day Weekend, the family continued to update the public on Mason’s condition, revealing that after 36 hours he remained in critical condition. “We need a miracle,” they said. Medical experts are waiting for the brain swelling to subside before making further assessments.
Expert Comments on Recovery
Chris Nowinski, a neuroscientist leading the Concussion Legacy Foundation at Boston University, spoke about Mason Martin critical condition and the challenging journey he faces. “In some cases, an injury like this can be catastrophic. Our immediate hope is for his survival, followed by retention of his cognitive and physical abilities. With the aid of physical therapy and rehabilitation, we hope Mason will be able to return to a normal life,” Nowinski commented.