Walsh football player suffers severe brain injury.
Walsh University football player Brett Wycinski’s family has maintained a vigil at his Mercy Medical Center bedside since he suffered a severe brain injury during an Aug. 18 scrimmage.
Wycinski, 21, a senior majoring in accounting and finance, is one of the Walsh Cavaliers’ star players at safety.
The injury occurred during an intra-squad scrimmage at Fawcett Stadium, according to Walsh Vice President and Athletics Director Dale Howard.
“From what I understand, he was in a pile on a tackle and went over to the sideline and was a bit wobbly,” Howard said. “Then he collapsed and had a seizure. It was a blessing he was so close to the hospital.”
Wycinski is being treated in Mercy’s intensive care unit.
Jim Dennison, the university’s head football coach and associate athletics director was at the scrimmage when Wycinski was injured.
“He’s improving and he’s one of our leaders, a good student and a good athlete,” Dennison said. “It wasn’t a violent hit if you looked at it on film but you never know.”
The family has declined interviews beyond a Fox 8 News story that aired Thursday. It said surgeons “had to remove a part of Wycinski’s skull to relieve the pressure on his brain.”
His parents, Art and Patty Wycinski, remain confident their son will recover.
Family friend Anita Reese said the family is grateful for the support shown by the Walsh University family and coaches and they ask for prayers for Brett’s healing as well as privacy during these crucial days..
Friends have been tracking Brett’s condition by visiting the Web and entering his name at www.caringbridge.org.