Milton Johnson, 15, of Sanderson was flown from the practice field behind the school to Shands Jacksonville following the 6:00 pm accident.
Although the report was not confirmed, it is believed he
was struck in the neck region by another player's shoulder.
When rescue personnel arrived, the player was not breathing, but he
was stabilized for the helicopter flight.
Melody Coggin, the BCHS athletic director, said young Johnson was on a ventilator and two hours later was undergoing diagnostics.
, a sophomore this year at Baker County High School
in Glen Saint Mary, has suffered an event that will forever change his
life and the lives of his
family, a family that ultimately will be left to care for him and the many obstacles he
will surely incur.
I would like to challenge the readers of North Florida News Daily to band together as one and do something that might help offset some of the unknown burdens associated with the short and long term care of this young man. First of all I would solicit your prayers for Milton's miraculous recovery, the Johnson family, and the healing of Milton's fellow team mates, coaches, and community.
I would also like each of us to dig deep and give.
The Johnson family is going to be faced with a multitude of costs that they have not even begun to fathom.
I am asking you our readers to make a difference.
Let's act now and truly experience the gift of giving by doing just that.
An account for Milton Johnson
has been set up with VyStar Credit Union
was injured at practice the evening of August 19.
had just made a hard tackle and didn't get up off the ground.
choice because Johnson
was not breathing.
, 15, was transported by helicopter to the Shands
Jacksonville trauma unit where they put him on
As of Monday he
remains in critical condition.
is stable and has no fever.
Doctors plan to do a tracheotomy as soon as a slight infection in the lungs is controlled.
At that point
they will insert a feeding tube.
remains on a ventilator, there are indications that he
is getting some oxygen on his
own, a hopeful sign.
The injury is to the C-3 disc in his
is conscious and able to respond by blinking his
flooding at the West Nassau field and about 60 percent of the gate proceeds will go toward Milton
After a tragic spine injury left Johnson on a ventilator at Shands Trauma Center and practices cut
They had no intention of forgetting Johnson
, and his
picture and number on the helmets inspired
them to play hard.
The game was originally scheduled to be played in Callahan, but the storm left the field soggy and
the injury to Johnson
convinced West Nassau
to move the game to Macclenny.
The win was secondary to getting some experience at game speed and honoring Milton Johnson
Baker County High School Wildcat football player Milton Oshay Johnson remains hospitalized at Shands Jacksonville's
Trauma Center after suffering a spinal injury during practice on August 19.
, 15, is a sophomore at Baker County
High School in Glen St. Mary.