ST CHARLES. Ill. — A suburban high school football team honored a player Friday as he continues to recover from a severe brain injury.
Aidan Carlson, 15, is a sophomore at St. Charles North High School. He was injured during a football game last week. He left the field under his own power, but lost consciousness in the parking lot.
He was airlifted to Lutheran General Hospital and underwent neurosurgery.
Carlson’s great-aunt Jean Carlson was in attendance Friday at the game. She told WGN News he’s out of intensive care and making progress.
“We’re just hoping and praying,” she said. “He is doing much better and we’re still praying for his full recovery. … They’re going to be starting speech therapy. He’s doing good.”
Jean Carlson said the family is grateful for all the support.
“It’s overwhelming,” she said.
Carlson was named the honorary captain for the sophomore football game Friday. Before the coin toss, his teammates carried his jersey on the field.
Both the sophomore and varsity teams wore AC19 stickers on their helmets.
A GoFundMe page has already raised over $19,000 to help with his medical costs.