High school football player recovers after emergency brain surgery


by Alex Schuman


Posted on September 16, 2013 at 11:47 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 17 at 12:10 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A Waggener High School football player is recovering after getting rushed to Kosair Hospital for emergency surgery.

Jacob Quaife was on the field this past Friday night when he took two hard hits.  His teammates and coach noticed something wasn’t right when he stood up.

"About the second quarter:  I yelled at him, and the communication was off a little bit,” Jason Stallard, Waggener’s football coach said. “And I know for him that's something that normally doesn't happen.  So I knew right off the bat something could've been wrong."

Jacob’s mom rode with him to the hospital.  At first, doctors thought had a concussion until they noticed internal bleeding on his brain.

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"One minute we thought he was okay with just a concussion, and the next minute he was going in for brain surgery,” Quaife’s mom Stacie said.

Two and a half hours later Jacob's mom Stacie could visit her son.

"He immediately started in with the jokes and laughing; and making wisecracks like a senior boy does," she said.

Jacob can now walk, but remains weeks away from recovery.

"It doesn't look real hopeful, but you know we'll take a miracle,” Quaife’s mom said.

Jacob is expected to get out in the next couple of days.