|Updated: 12/03/2012 8:35 am
||Published: 12/02/2012 7:09 pm
STAR CITY, AR - One month after suffering a seizure on the football field, Star City football player Zack Towers is showing small signs of improvement.
Towers underwent brain surgery and is in a coma, but his mother says his condition is much better. She and several other family members wait at his bedside at Arkansas Children's Hospital for him to wake up.
Christy Rasico says her son's vital signs are now stable and he seems to be responding to treatment, but there's still a long way to go in his recovery process. "He's not ok. He's a lot better than he was, but we need lots of prayers."
Despite a few set backs trying to regulate his feedings, Rasico says Zack is almost off oxygen, and starting to show small signs of improvement. "If he would respond to me any other way I'd quit agitating him, but that's the only response I get so I'm agitating."
Towers was rushed off the field last month after collapsing during a huddle. Towers required emergency brain surgery. Since then, the Star City community and school have come together to show their support, pray, and comfort his family. Dozens of visitors come to the hospital to check in on Zack and his family and to keep them company. "It's been overwhelming as far as the people who have come out and supported us."
Towers suffered a concussion earlier in the season, but doctors cleared him to play. Rasico says he felt a lot better, until all of a sudden he started having a seizure.
Rasico says Towers has a long recovery head of him, but she's confident he'll fight his way through this with the love and support from the community. "I don't want people to forget. Yes, he's made improvements, but we've got a long way to go and we need lots of prayers."
Rasico says she's grateful for all the prayers and outpouring of support from the community. On Saturday, a benefit run in Towers name raised $2,000 to help the family with medical costs.
Doctors say Towers needs to wake up, so they're trying to stimulate his brain cells. Once he's awake he can start rehabilitation therapy.