High school football player in Florida hospitalized for brain bleed after hard hit

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(CNN) — A powerful hit during the third quarter of a Florida high school football game took quarterback Nathan Dowie off his feet.

It was a hit that made his father wince from the stands.

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“When I saw it. It looked pretty rough. He gave thumbs up. Let everyone know he was fine. Wasn’t acting any different. Energetic as usual,” Sean Dowie said.

But after the game, his coach and father both said it was clear, something was wrong.

“The first news I heard was he had a concussion. I called Nathan’s phone and his girlfriend answered and she was obviously upset. She said he was seizing and I knew right away this wasn’t looking good,” Sean Dowie said.

Dowie’s father said C.T. scans revealed the teen had a brain bleed.

He underwent brain surgery that Friday night. Through the night and into the morning his family friends and community stayed with him.

“It’s hard, but we’re making it. The community support has been awesome. It’s blowing me away,” Sean Dowie said.

Doctors told Nathan’s family he’s making incredible strides.

“She asked him to open his eyes and he opened his eyes a little bit,” Sean Dowie said.

The coaches and community have started a GoFundMe campaign to help the family with medical care costs.

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