Fortuna Football Player Hospitalized With Apparent Brain Injury During Friday’s Game
Bailey Foley, a Fortuna High School football player, is in a drug induced coma. Friday, during the team’s first away game at Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa, he began to suffer seizures. Doctors believe he received a brain injury.
“It wasn’t one play but he had been taking hits,” his mother, Tara Johnson, said. Johnson, who wasn’t at the game was told that Foley began by saying that he wasn’t feeling very good. “He got a headache and got sick and started having seizures,” she explained.
Johnson and Bailey’s father, Sage Foley rushed to his side when they were told he was injured. Several other family members including a cousin and his grandfather are there also. Johnson said, “A couple of good friends are insisting on staying here until he wakes up and gets better. It is nice to have a little support.”
This Sunday morning, Bailey is getting an MRI. “We’ll have [the results] soon,” his mother explained. “All his vitals are good. His heart rate is steady. We’ll know more tomorrow.”
Johnson said that she doesn’t have insurance for Bailey nor is he on MEDI-CAl. “He has absolutely nothing,” she worried. “I know we had to sign some waivers [before Bailey began playing football.” But she isn’t sure what that means.
To help, Johnson’s sister set up a GoFundMe account for their expenses but she isn’t even sure how that works as she has been concentrating on her son.
Right now she’s just trying to make sure they follow the doctor’s orders. “They really want him to be rest,” she said. And, she’s focused on making sure he gets the quiet he needs.