Doctors Feared Brain Damage, Paralysis; Arlington Football Player Is Beating The Odds

Andrew Greenstein
May 30, 2018 - 7:03 am
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ARLINGTON (1080 KRLD) - A freshman football player at Arlington Lamar High School severely injured in a game over the weekend is showing remarkable improvement.

Brett Green, 15, was playing in a 7-on-7 tournament game against Southlake Carroll on Saturday. Green and a teammate were defending a receiver on a pass play, when disaster struck.

"Both of our kids gravitated at full speed towards the receiver to try to knock the ball away," says Green's 7-on-7 coach, Jim Poynter, "and, unfortunately, ran smack dab into each other at full speed, with the shoulder of one of our players hitting Brett right around the temple area at full speed."

Fortunately, there were people at the game who knew what to do in that situation.

"As good fate would have it, a couple of the parents had medical training, including one physician and one nurse," says Poynter. "So within seconds, we had people out there who could evaluate and say, 'Oh my gosh, this young man's in trouble.'"

Green was rushed to JPS Hospital, where doctors feared the worst. "They thought that he had significant brain damage (and) maybe some spinal issues," says Poynter.

But that all started to change for the better less than 24 hours later, and Green is making incredible progress.

"He's eating  anything his heart desires. He is sitting up in a chair," says Poynter. "He is walking with physical therapy. He's not running around the room yet or anything like that."

And a return to the football field isn't even out of the question.

"I've heard his mother say that the neurologist said based on the trend line of Brett's improvement, they're not going to rule out anything," says Poynter.

But Green's 2018 sophomore season is over. "Will he play this fall? No," Poynter says.

If Green's football career is indeed over, Poynter says he has other interests to fall back on.

"He is first chair violinist in the symphony orchestra," says Poynter. "He's top five-percent in his class academically."

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help Green's family with medical bills.