Georgia high school football player injured during game dies


A Georgia football player died after he suffered a debilitating brain injury during a game on Friday.

Thomas was transported via ambulance to WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital in Griffin, then to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta about 50 miles away.

In a social media post Sunday morning, Dylan's uncle, Nick Burgess said things are in rough shape at this point.

The school district's superintendent Michael Duncan and the high school's principal Kevin Huffstetler informed Zebulon, Ga. residents of Thomas's death in a pop-up message that greeted visitors to the school's website. He was taken for surgery to relieve brain swelling and remained in a coma until Sunday. He was "the one that was the golden child in the family and really brought the family together". Fellow Pike County player Jake Patterson told CNN affiliate WSB that he would honor his fallen teammate on the field. Dylan was an active participant in our school community and a member of the Class of 2020.

Burgess remembered his nephew in a heartbreaking post on Facebook.

On Sunday more than 1,000 people attended a prayer vigil for Thomas at the Pike County football field, according to the Pike County Journal-Reporter.

A fundraiser to help Thomas's parents pay for medical bills and lost income had raised more than $33,000 as of Monday afternoon. A school administrator confirmed Thomas' death to WMAZ-TV.

"Prayers go out to Dylan's family and friends, as well as Pike co. community and their team". His name was Dylan Thomas.

A donation page has been set up on Facebook to assist the familyFuneral arrangements have not been announced.