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Comatose Lane Tech Athlete Blinking, Allowed Visitors

By Patty Wetli | October 27, 2013 11:34am
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LINCOLN SQUARE — Though still in a coma three weeks after suffering a "severe head trauma," Lane Tech football player Drew Williams continues to show signs of improvement, according to the latest reports from the teen's sisters.

Andrea Williams told NBC Chicago that her brother has started blinking and moving his arms and legs.

"Long-term we don’t know what he's capable of doing. We're hopeful he will recover fully," she said in the interview.

The 17-year-old's condition has been upgraded to "stable" and he's been moved out of isolation to a regular hospital room, according to an update posted by Ashley Williams to the Drew Williams Recovery Fund website on Saturday.

"Drew is now allowed to have visitors again," she wrote. "Drew would love to feel all of your energy surrounding him!!"

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 are approaching $49,000, with contributions coming from as far away as Zimbabwe, according to Andrea Williams. Messages of support have poured into the Drew Williams Recovery Facebook page, including words of encouragement from people whose family members have recovered from traumatic brain injuries.

"Our family remains hopeful that Drew will continue to fight through all obstacles," wrote Ashley Williams. "Keep the love and prayers coming because they make all the difference!"