Dassel-Cokato Football Player Home After Brain Injury

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Dassel-Cokato high school football player who suffered a serious brain injury is now recovering at home.

Surgeons had to remove part of Luke Nelson’s skull earlier this month to ease swelling on his brain. The 16-year-old linebacker for Dassel-Cokato was hurt during a tackle, but stayed in the game until he collapsed.

On his Caring Bridge page, his mother said Luke has been home for four days, and his bed is his favorite place right now. He went for a walk yesterday and starts outpatient therapy on Thursday.

Doctors said there is a good chance he will make a full recovery. His mother left a touching post on the Caring Bridge page, which reads as follows:

“Next time you get a chance to take a short walk, remember to breathe in the fresh air and soak in the warm sun. His mother Sara continued by writing, “That’s what Luke and I will be doing.”


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