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Tri-Cities player on life support

September 8th, 2011 10:42 am by Rex Barber

Anyone who wants to show their support and concern for the recovery of Tucker Montgomery, who was seriously injured in a high school football game this past week, is asked to contact Tri-Cities Christian Schools to express their thoughts and feelings.
Montgomery, who attends University School as a senior but plays football for Tri-Cities Christian, was injured in a game Sept. 2 when he caught the ball, turned upfield and got hit in a helmet-to-helmet collision. According to a Facebook page set up on behalf of Montgomery, he underwent emergency brain surgery to stop bleeding on the brain the night of the game. He has been in the hospital since then.
According to a news release from TCCS, Montgomery was immediately assessed on the football field for injuries and was able to move his arms and legs when asked to do so. As he was being assisted off the field he began to lose consciousness. He was then taken to the hospital for further examination.
“In order to protect the privacy of Tucker and his family, we are not able to share any medical details; however, we are assured by medical professionals who examined Tucker that he received, and is continuing to receive, the proper care that should be administered after an injury of this type,” the TCCS news release read.
Information printed in the Johnson City Press on Thursday said Montgomery was in critical condition on life support due to the injury. Doctors reportedly said it could be up to a year before they know what faculties he will recover.
In what reads like an update of Montgomery’s condition, the Facebook page set up for him, which had more than 2,800 “likes” as of Thursday evening, said he was responding to stimulants and has moved both arms and legs.
“They will most likely begin to gradually wake him up later on this week,” the Facebook page description read. “Tucker’s family needs privacy right now, so updates will be provided accordingly.”
The TCCS news release said the school was deeply appreciative of the support already shown and the prayers said on behalf of Montgomery.
“TCCS appreciates the excellent services rendered by all the coaches, EMS personnel, doctors, nurses, technicians and others who assisted Tucker, and we join all of the community in praying for Tucker and his family,” according to the TCCS news release.
“Tucker’s family has asked that expressions of concern, including cards, letters, phone calls, etc. come to her through TCCS so that none will be missed or overlooked during these days when her total attention will be focused on Tucker and his complete recovery,” according to the TCCS news release.
Find contact information for Tri-Cities Christian at www.tccstn.org.

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