Northeast Metro Tech football player seriously injured in Saturday game – CBS Boston

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WAKEFIELD (CBS) – A Northeast Metro Tech football player was seriously injured in a game on Saturday. He was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital.

First responders were called to the high school grounds around 10:30 a.m. for a report that the 16-year-old was unconscious.

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Wakefield Police and Fire Brigade provided medical attention until paramedics from Cataldo Ambulance arrived.

“The companies responded and found two Wakefield police officers attending to the injured student,” Wakefield Fire Department Deputy Chief Tom Purcell said.

The boy was rushed to surgery. Superintendent David DiBarri has confirmed the player is alive and recovering in hospital.

“It wasn’t a direct head-to-head injury. Obviously at some point his head must have made an impact, but at this point we’re not completely sure,” said DiBarri.

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The junior varsity game, which was against Saugus High School, was suspended after the incident.

It was a frightening moment, seen by both players and their families awaiting the arrival of ambulances. A parent of two boys said it was a reminder of how dangerous sports can be.

“In any sport, there is this risk unfortunately. But I think they are doing everything they can to protect the children, ”said parent Joe Zdanowicz. “But it’s scary.”

Northeast Metro Tech faculty offered advice to the boy’s teammates, now hoping for the best result.

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“At this point, however, it’s just a matter of focusing on our prayers for his family and for his recovery,” said DiBarri.

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