HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A Henrico High School football player suffered a serious injury while playing at their game on Friday night.
Samar Lemons sustained a neck fracture and has been receiving care at VCU MCV, according to Henrico High School Principal Karin Castillo-Rose.
“While his injuries are serious in nature, the family hopes he will recover movement with time and perseverance. The family asks for continued support in the form of positive thoughts and prayers as he continues through the early stages of post-injury,” a statement by the school said on Monday.
Samar’s mother, Dana Armstead-Guy, told 8News that her son is currently numb from his breastbone down and that there’s a good chance he may not walk again. But she says her son is a fighter and will be determined to get back up on two feet.
“They said it’s a greater chance of him not than the 1% that he may. That 1% is enough for me,” she said. “That’s all I need. They can say what they want, they can report what they want. I will do another report for y’all in some time, with him walking up and down our driveway.”
Right now, the family is preparing for long-term medical care, and Armstead-Guy says she’s overwhelmed by the support of the community during this difficult time.
“Something this simple can happen so quick, so big,” she said. “Just Friday he was walking on the field and that same night he was getting dragged off of it. But I believe my baby is going to walk across that stage to graduate this year.”
The school asks to keep Samar and his family in your thoughts and prayers as he recovers at this time.
Samar’s church is planning a fundraiser on March 17, where they’ll ask for $17 donations. Seventeen being the number Lemons wore on the field.