St. Pete football player has leg amputated after injury

St. Pete football player has leg amputated after injury

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St. Pete football player has leg amputated after injury

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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.

Williams, who turns 18 on Oct. 30, remains in high spirits tweeting, “I gotta pull through this! This ain’t me !”

His friends added words of encouragement:

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