Bay High football team prepares for final game while teammate recovers from brain surgery

By: Mark Vaughn Email
By: Mark Vaughn Email

PANAMA CITY, Fla- It has been a stressful week for the extended Bay football program after junior running back, Carlos Wells, spent the weekend fighting for his life with a blood clot in his brain. As Carlos' condition improves, his coach and teammates are working to deal with this serious situation while preparing for their final game of the season.

In a matter of minutes Carlos Wells went from playing the game he loves to fighting for his life hundreds of miles away from home.

"He felt a little sick on his stomach and he felt worse and worse." Bay head coach Frank Sorrells said. "So, at the end of the game we got him to the medical people, or they checked him out, and then made the appropriate decision to take him to the hospital."

Well was air-flighted from Fort Walton Beach to the Children's Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham, where he underwent a 5 hour surgery Monday to remove a blood clot from his brain. "It's uneasy anytime you have a healthy young man that suddenly develops something that serious," added Sorrells.

The surgery was a success, but his long journey back to health is far from over. "We've got to get him healed up, there are a certain amount of things, swelling and things that are delicate, that have to heal." added Sorrells. "All in all he's doing well, and we just hope that everyday will bring more progress of the ultimate goal of bringing him home."

This situation has put the game of football in perspective for the Bay High football team, and with just one game left they've found the motivation to play for Carlos. "That will be in our mind and I hope our players will have a little more fight in them for that cause. And I think they will," said Sorrells.

Whether or not the Tornadoes win or lose, just the fact that he will be waiting to hear from his teammates after the game is a victory for the Bay High family.

Wells is still listed in fair condition, it's hoped he could be out of the hospital perhaps by next weekend.


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