Georgetown football player Ty Williams is in stable condition and showing signs of improvement after suffering a serious neck injury Saturday, according to a family member.
Monica Cochran, Williams’ cousin, said doctors are optimistic that he can recover from the traumatic injury sustained in the Hoyas’ road game against St. Francis (Pa.).
“He said, ‘I will walk again. I will do whatever I gotta do.’ He’s doing everything that they’re asking him to do,” said Cochran, who visited Williams at the Altoona UPMC Hospital in Pennsylvania earlier this week.
The injury occurred in the first quarter when Williams collided with a St. Francis player and was left with five fractured vertebrae . The Quince Orchard graduate was immediately transported to Altoona UPMC where he underwent a nine-hour surgery and has since remained.
Cochran said Williams was able to move one of his knees, his right foot and his left toes. Urbana Coach Dave Mencarini, who coached Williams at Quince Orchard, said Williams was experiencing pain from the waist down, which doctors viewed as a positive.
The family wants to move Williams, a Gaithersburg native, to an out-of-state hospital when his blood pressure stabilizes, which Cochran said could happen next week.
“[Williams’ mother] has been alluding to the fact that all of the signs are that things are progressing in a way where the doctors seem pretty pleased with the progress,” Mencarini said.
Members of the Montgomery County and Quince Orchard communities have showed their support for Williams through social media and a GoFundMe page launched by Cochran early Thursday morning. As of noon Friday, nearly $9,000 had been raised to help cover travel and other expenses for the Williams family.
Georgetown Director of Athletics Lee Reed did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday. The school released a statement on its athletics Web site on Sunday.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Ty Williams and his family,” Reed said in the statement. “The coming days will be very important and we will be here to support him and his family.”