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GWA Football Player's Recovery Progressing 'Slow, but Well'

Jon Ross Snell, the George Walton Academy sixth-grader who collapsed during football practice on Sept. 17, is off the breathing tube and responding to questions. Family asks for continued prayers.

GWA Football Player's Recovery Progressing 'Slow, but Well'

The sixth-grade football player from George Walton Academy who collapsed during football practice more than a week ago, is making slow but steady progress in his recovery, according to his family. An email chain circulating among family and friends noted Monday that the feeding tube is out and he is now breathing on his own.

Jon Ross Snell is the son of Van and Nan Snell, of Loganville. He collapsed at football practice on Sept. 17 and was life flighted to Egleston hospital in Atlanta. According to a Care Bridge Page set up for him, Jon Ross is being treated for a brain hemorrhage to the right side of his brain. He is also reported to have a spot on the stem of his brain. Doctors are uncertain at this time as to the cause. He is reported to have said he wasn't feeling well during football practice at GWA before collapsing and losing consciousness. He has remained in the ICU, most of the time in a medically induced coma, since then.

But according to family, the news has progressively been good, altough they do acknowledge there is a long road ahead. A letter circulated by David Snell to family and friends Tuesday morning gave the following update:

Jon Ross had a good night and is still progressing slowly but well in his recovery according to his doctors. He has attempted to open his eyes but has yet to recognize anyone. He has squeezed Nan and Van’s hand and responded to their questions with hand movement. He is moving his feet and body.  He is breathing good on his own.  The doctors have told Van and Nan that he may be ready to be moved by the end of the week to Scottish Rite to begin rehab.  They realize it will be a day by day process and continue to need your prayers. 

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