JJ Watt gives $10,000 to support family of injured Woodlands player

The family of a Woodlands High School football player who was critically injured during a game in Waco this weekend just got a major donation from a football superstar.

WACO - Houston Texans star, JJ Watt, donated $10,000 to a fund for the family of a Woodlands High School football player severely injured during a playoff game in Waco.

Grant Milton suffered a head injury while playing in the game at McLane Stadium Saturday.

He was rushed to Baylor, Scott and White, Hillcrest after he began having seizures on the sideline. 

A Go Fund Me page was started to help his family with medical costs and living expenses.

In addition to donating $10,000, a post on the page read, "If there's anything that I can do to help, please let me know. Sending my best wishes to Grant and the entire Milton family."

Watt also re-tweeted a column written by a close friend of Grant.

Grant Milton's father released an update on his son's condition Wednesday morning.

"Grant underwent a CT scan this morning. We expect CT scans to be done every two days. The scan showed the swelling has mostly abated and the brain is beginning to return to normal size.

He continues to have some blood near the site of the trauma which is not unusual. There is no active bleeding or signs of clotting. The injury was on the right side of the brain. The initial trauma and subsequent swelling put intense pressure on his brain and brain stem.

The recent scan shows his brain stem has now returned to normal form, however, it is still to early to tell what impact the injury had on his brain stem and brain function overall. His left pupil is slow to react and his right is normal.

Grant is still breathing over the ventilator which makes us hopeful that at some point he can breath on his own but it will be some time before we get to that point.

His arm movements are still somewhat reactive and slight, no intentional movement yet.

Grant has been taking tiny steps each day. His neurologist continues to emphasize that this is a process that will take time.

We want to thank so many people for their kindness and prayers. This is a difficult situation for all us as you can imagine. You never think something like this can happen to your child, especially someone as strong, athletic and outgoing like Grant. We pray for God to heal and restore his wounds. We are thankful for the number of clergy from various faiths stopping by and praying with us. Your continued prayers mean everything."

Chick-Fil-A restaurants in the Woodlands area planned to host a Spirit Night on November 30 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a portion of their sales going to support the Milton Family.  The locations are at Alden Bridge and at Lake Woodlands Dr. and Sawdust Road.

They were also selling t-shirts for $15 for the fund.

(© 2016 KCEN)


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