St. Petersburg, Florida — A Northeast High School varsity football player had a leg amputated following an injury during a game Friday night.
Senior Leshawn Williams suffered a knee injury in the game against Clearwater High School, was taken off the field on a stretcher and transported to a hospital.
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When he arrived at the hospital, his condition reportedly worsened as blood started clotting behind his knee.
Doctors were unable to restore circulation in his lower leg despite four different procedures, and on Sunday decided to amputate Williams’ right leg just above the knee.
His team plans to honor Williams at the final two football games of the season with “69” stickers — representing his jersey number — on the back of their helmets, according to the Tampa Bay Times. They will also give out 100 T-shirts with Williams’ number on them before this week’s home game against East Lake.
A fundraiser has also been set up to help with his medical expenses. If you would like to help contribute to Williams’ recovery, click here.
Please continue to keep Leshawn Williams in your thoughts %26 prayers. It's been a very rough weekend, remaining postive. #prayersforbigbio69
— Northeast Football (@NEHI_Football) October 26, 2014
Williams, who turns 18 on Oct. 30, remains in high spirits tweeting, “I gotta pull through this! This ain’t me !”
I gotta pull through this! This ain't me !
— L➖chop (@LeshawnWilliams) October 25, 2014
His friends added words of encouragement:
@LeshawnWilliams praying for you my man! You'll pull through this dawg!
— Kal-El Williams (@Phillycheese300) October 27, 2014
Praying heavily for my boy @LeshawnWilliams 🙏 stay strong man, good things are in store for you!
— Pierre Johnson (@Wealthought) October 28, 2014
Everyone better be there for @LeshawnWilliams birthday Thursday, and go to the game on Friday 👌
— Santiago Castro (@Santiag0Castr0) October 28, 2014
@LeshawnWilliams you in my prayers bruh 💯💯🙏🙏🙏
— Davontae1⃣Harrington (@iamDH1) October 28, 2014
Always remember God ain't Gone Put More on You Then You Can bare bro . Be strong %26 Stay positive @LeshawnWilliams
— Mr. 100×10 (@AlmightyDinoo) October 28, 2014