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Little change in condition of former Grace football player

There's been little change in the condition of a former Grace Christian Academy football player who collapsed at spring football practice at the Naval Academy this weekend.

Will McKamey's mother posted the following update on Facebook on Monday:

"To the thousands of you out there worrying and praying...we send our most sincere thanks! Today Will's condition is very much the same as yesterday. We are counting this as a blessing due to the fact that the brain is very slow in the healing process. We are in for a long road. Please understand that "no change" is still expected and seen as a blessing at this point. We are taking it day at a time. I will be working on a caring bridge site to help keep everyone informed as much as possible.

One thing I want you all to know is that Will did not sustain a bad hit or unusual or extreme contact in practice Saturday. The Navy coaches have poured through the films of practice and seen nothing more than Will carrying the football normally, doing what he truly loves. Since his prior accident in 2012 Will has been seen by four different neurosurgeons, and had 4-6 CAT scans and MRI's to rule out any issue and clear him for contact. After his prior incident he went without any contact for over nine months to just be safe. We feel obviously there is more going on in his brain than we could have ever detected. I want to be clear that the Navy football program nor us as his parents would have ever allowed him to be in a dangerous situation. We don't know why this happened, we can only have faith that God's plan is the perfect plan and only He can be the ultimate healer and source of comfort for all of us during this time! Please continue to pray for our son, please know we are still overcome and amazed at the power William Dean Mckamey has over our world through the hands of God!"

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Will McKamey, a former football player and graduate of Grace Christian Academy, remains in a coma as of Sunday afternoon after collapsing during a Navy spring football practice, according to social media posts by his family.

Around 4 p.m. Sunday, McKamey's mother posted an update on Facebook saying "there is no new news, unfortunately we still have only small responses from Will." She also said it amazes her to see how Will is touching so many people across the country.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday, McKamey's mother posted an update on Facebook saying that he is out of surgery but showing very little response. She said all prayers are needed and appreciated.

McKamey's mother said in the past several hours since he got out of surgery, her family did see some very small improvements including reaction to light.

Around 3 p.m., she posted on Facebook Saturday that McKamey was airlifted to the University of Maryland's trauma center in Baltimore. She said doctors were performing surgery to relieve a blood clot on his brain.

McKamey graduated from Grace Christian Academy in 2013. His dad, Randy McKamey, is head coach of the school.

He also had to be hospitalized back in 2012, when he suffered a head injury during a Grace game.

McKamey's church, Grace Baptist, held a prayer service late Saturday after hearing news of his condition.Pastor Todd Stewart said the McKameys are a big part of the Grace family.

"We just came to pray that God will heal him, basically, and he would comfort his Mom and Dad," he said.

Stewart said the church is hopeful McKamey can make the type of recovery he did in 2012.

"We just want to see that happen again," he said. "We want him to be whole and healthy."

The Naval Academy also released this statement Saturday afternoon about Will McKamey:

"ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Navy freshman slot back Will McKamey (Knoxville, Tenn.) collapsed this morning at a Navy spring football practice.

McKamey was flown via Medevac to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Unit in Baltimore where he is currently undergoing medical care.

McKamey, who is a member of the Third Company at the Naval Academy, is a 2013 graduate of Grace Christian Academy where he was a two-time All-State selection and was named Mr. Football for the state of Tennessee as a senior.

The entire Naval Academy family is shaken by this turn of events and we are providing all the support we can to Will and his family.

More information will be provided as it is made available."


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