LINCOLN SQUARE — The condition of Drew Williams, a standout running back on Lane Tech's varsity football squad who suffered "severe head trauma" two weeks ago, is no longer critical, according to the latest update from the teen's family.
Andrea Williams, Drew's older sister, posted the news to the Drew Williams Recovery Fund website late Saturday night.
"Drew is no longer considered critical but still remains in a coma. His life is no longer threatened by brain swelling," she wrote.
Williams, 17, is currently in isolation due to pneumonia, with visitors limited to family, she added.
"The extent of his recovery is unknown to us and his doctors," she said.
Williams collapsed on the sidelines during an Oct. 4 game between Lane Tech and Dunbar Vocational Career Academy at Gately Stadium in Pullman. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where he's remained ever since.
Donations to Drew's recovery fund have now topped $44,000. Last week, students held a prayer service for Williams, and his parents and younger brother were honored during the football team's Senior Day ceremony.
"We sincerely appreciate all of your prayers and support. It gives us strength through this extremely difficult time," wrote Andrea Williams.
"We read every card and message to him, which we believe gives him inner strength as he prepares for this marathon we call recovery."