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Teenager continues recovery
NFHS player makes progress
Josh Haddock
Josh Haddock - photo by Submitted
The mother of a North Forsyth High School football player who suffered a head injury last week said her son has a long way to go in his recovery.

Through a social networking Web site, Natalie Haddock has been updating supporters on son Josh’s condition.

“He’s still in ICU, but they’re going to see if he can get up a little bit today,” she wrote Monday. “His brain is still pretty swollen and he’s fighting off some pneumonia and fever.

“We’re still really hopeful, and with each day we believe more [and] more that God has given us a miracle.”

Josh Haddock underwent brain surgery after collapsing during practice last week.

The 17-year-old senior remains in serious condition at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, where he was taken after going into distress about during the Aug. 25 practice.

Officials have said that the surgery relieved bleeding on his brain.

Natalie Haddock noted that her son has made progress since last week.

“His sense of humor is coming back too,” she wrote. “He actually removed his own breathing tube after a few failed attempts by the doctors.”

The school held a special tribute to the Haddock prior to Friday’s home opener against Woodstock, with North players carrying his jersey onto the field.

The day before, some 600 students, teachers and parents had gathered around the school’s flagpole to pray for their classmate.

North head football coach Jared Zito has described Haddock as “the ultimate high-energy team member that any coach or player would want to have around them at all times.”

A benefit account has been also been set up for Haddock to assist the family with medical and other expenses.

Those wishing to help can stop by any Regions Bank location and make a deposit into the Josh Haddock account.

Natalie Haddock also thanked the community for its “continued prayers [and] love and emails/texts, etc.”

“I’m not leaving here without my baby,” she wrote from the hospital in the online update.