LINCOLN SQUARE — The parents of injured Lane Tech football player Drew Williams are asking for continued prayers as their son remains in a coma in the intensive care unit at Lurie Children's Hospital.
After a brief stay at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Williams was rushed to Lurie with pneumonia, low blood pressure and high fevers, according to the teen's family.
"Due to Drew's head injury, his body does not automatically fight off infections as normal people do. With his weakened immune system, we are taking precautions to protect him and not allowing visitors at this time," his parents posted on the Drew Williams Recovery Facebook page.
Williams, 17, suffered what his family called "severe head trauma" during an Oct. 4 game between Lane Tech and Dunbar Vocational Career Academy at Gately Stadium in Pullman. He was initially treated at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
A fund has been set up to help the Williams family cope with expenses related to Drew's recovery. Contributions have topped $51,000.
Citing "miscommunication," the Williams family announced that a fundraiser, scheduled for Nov. 13 at Chipotle, had been postponed. A fundraiser at The Melting Pot on Nov. 17 will still take place.
"Drew has battled hard through this and the hospital staff have done an awesome job at tweaking and weaning off his medications to bring him to a stable condition. Drew physically looks better and better each day and we are proud of the strong young man that he is," posted Williams' parents.
"Please continue to pray for Drew! It keeps him, his family and friends strong."