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High school football player suffers brain injury during game

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Jacob Quaife is a senior at Waggener High School. (Source: Family photo) Jacob Quaife is a senior at Waggener High School. (Source: Family photo)
. One of the coaches gave Stacie Quaife her son's jersey, which was cut off of him Friday night. . One of the coaches gave Stacie Quaife her son's jersey, which was cut off of him Friday night.
Doctors say he suffered a brain injury from the blows he got during the game. (Source: Family photo) Doctors say he suffered a brain injury from the blows he got during the game. (Source: Family photo)
Jacob said he couldn't feel his legs before heading toward the sideline on Friday. (Source: Family photo) Jacob said he couldn't feel his legs before heading toward the sideline on Friday. (Source: Family photo)
Doctors performed emergency brain surgery on Jacob. (Source: Family photo) Doctors performed emergency brain surgery on Jacob. (Source: Family photo)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - High school football is intense around Kentuckiana. One game turned out to be terrifying for a family in Louisville. Not because of who won or lost, but because of what happened to one of the players.

Jacob Quaife is a senior at Waggener High School. He plays running back and safety for the Waggener Wildcats. On Friday, the football team played Moore at Moore, everything was going fine until Jacob was rushed to Kosair Children's Hospital.

"He was confused about the plays. he wasn't doing what the coaches told him to do," said Stacie Quaife.

Jacob's coach noticed the odd behavior too.

"I've been through numerous concussions before, certain things like that, getting your bell rung," said coach Jason Stallard. "This is the first time this serious."

Jacob said he couldn't feel his right leg. He began walking off the field and his teammates noticed he was about to fall and got him to the sideline. EMT's, who were already at the game, rushed to help. Soon after Jacob was rushed to Kosair Children's Hospital.

Doctors say he suffered a brain injury from the blows he got during the game. 

He went into emergency brain surgery.

"They did have to lift his skull to drain the bleeding and they were able to put the skull back on," said Quaife. "It sounds graphic and traumatic and it is."

He's recovering now, even giving a thumbs up in a recent picture. One of the coaches gave Stacie her son's jersey back, which was cut off of him Friday night.

She hopes Jacob can one day get back to the game he loves.

"Right now we're just happy to take the miracle of him being alive and being cognitive and able to walk," said Quaife. "We'll take one miracle at a time."

Jacob should be out of the hospital in the next day or two. It will be weeks, maybe even months before he is fully recovered.

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